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Hand to Mouth: the truth about being poor in a wealthy world

LSE public conversation


Linda Tirado knows from experience what it is to be poor, to struggle to make ends meet. She was working all hours at two jobs - as a food service worker in a chain restaurant and as a voting rights activist at a non-profit organization - to support her young family. She knows what it’s like to have problems you wish you could fix, but no money, energy or resources to fix them, and no hope of getting any.

In 2013, an essay on the everyday realities of poverty that Tirado wrote and posted online was read and shared around the world. In 'Hand to Mouth', she gives a searing, witty and clear-eyed insider account of being poor in the world’s richest nation. She looks at how ordinary people fall or are born into the poverty trap, explains why the poor don’t always behave in the way the middle classes think they should, and makes an urgent call for us all to understand and meet the challenges they face.

In this event she will be in conversation with Rowan Harvey (@RowanHarvey1), Women's Rights Advocacy Adviser at Action Aid UK and LSE Governor.

Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) is married with two children. Until 2014, she was working two jobs, most recently in a chain restaurant and as a voting rights activist for a disability non-profit organisation. She blogs, writes and campaigns on poverty and class issues. 'Hand to Mouth' is her first book.

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Speaker(s):

Linda Tirado | talks

 

Date and Time:

16 October 2014 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Hong Kong Theatre
LSE Clement House
99 Aldwych
London
WC2B 4JF

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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