The Zhoosh! Brighton Blog
Jubilee Library, Brighton.
November 23rd-25th 2011
Life doesn’t always go according to plan and many people find their lives affected by domestic abuse, alcohol, drugs or HIV/AIDS. These can happen to anyone and are often hidden problems that can seem to carry a stigma.
Survivors and workers have volunteered themselves as ‘Living Books’ to be ‘borrowed’ by members of the public for an informal chat about their lives and experiences.
Following the success of the 2010 Rise Living Library, the 2011 event will be held over three days and staged in partnership with the Terrence Higgins Trust and CRI with each of the 3 days following a different theme:
Wednesday 23rd 2pm-5pm Drug and Alcohol Abuse (CRI)
Thursday 24th 3pm-8pm Domestic Abuse (RISE)
Friday 25th 2pm-5pm HIV/AIDS (Terrence Higgins Trust)
Though an unusual concept, public reception to the Rise Living Library has been consistently positive:
- “I had no expectations but it was an interesting idea, like a talking book! And interactive too – great idea!. It was very powerful hearing a first person story.”
- “It was brilliant. Very insightful. Sensitively delivered.”
- “It was a rich experience to have an open and easy conversation.”
The event is free – all you need is curiosity and an open mind.