The Housing Crisis: Hashi Mohamed & Vicky Spratt
Two of the UK’s most outspoken writers on housing come to Birmingham for a special event curated by Otegha Uwagba.
We’ll be discussing housing in both the political sense – that is, the growing disaster that is the UK housing crisis – and also in more emotional terms. What does it mean to have a home?
How does the peripatetic nature of our current system affect one’s personhood?
Chaired by Otegha Uwagba
About the speakers:
Hashi Mohamed arrived in Britain as a child refugee, and is now a Barrister at No5 Chambers in London. A contributor to the Guardian, The Times and Prospect, he has also explored class and mobility for the BBC. His first book, People Like Us, looked at social mobility and inequality and was published by Profile.
Vicky Spratt is a journalist whose work regularly shapes public policy. Her 2016 campaign ‘Make Renting Fair’ led to letting fees in England and Wales being banned, and she has spoken at political conferences, all-party parliamentary groups and panels across the country on the issue of housing. In 2020, she was nominated as Journalist of the Year at the Drum Awards for Online Media, and in 2021 her stories delving deep into Britain’s housing emergency saw her shortlisted for a British Journalism award. She is currently the i Paper’s Housing Correspondent and a writer and editor at Refinery29.