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Where memoir meets manifesto: Cash Carraway's Skint Estate

Wednesday, Jul 17 2019
20:00 - 21:30
Cash Carraway, Paul Sng
location: Lighthouse

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“Everyone has their price. It’s just not always monetary. Mine is though. 20 quid.”

Skint Estate is the hard-hitting, blunt, dignified and brutally revealing debut memoir about impoverishment, loneliness and violence in austerity Britain – set against a grim landscape of sink estates, police cells, refuges and peepshows – skillfully woven into a manifesto for change.

**We are thrilled to welcome Cash to launch their book with a special interview by Paul Sng**, the acclaimed Film Director & producer and editor of Invisible Britain.

Alone, pregnant and living in a women’s refuge, Cash Carraway couldn’t vote in the 2010 general election that ushered austerity into Britain. Her voice had been silenced. Years later, she watched Grenfell burn from a women’s refuge around the corner. What had changed? The vulnerable were still at the bottom of the heap, unheard. Without a stable home, without a steady income, without family support – how do you survive?

In Skint Estate, Cash has found her voice – loud, raw and cutting. This is a book born straight from life lived in Britain below the poverty line – a brutal landscape savaged by universal credit, zero-hours contracts, rising rents and public service funding cuts. Told with a dark lick of humour and two-fingers up to the establishment, Cash takes us on her isolated journey from council house childhood to single motherhood, working multiple jobs yet relying on food banks and temporary accommodation, all while skewering stereotypes of what it means to be working class.

Despite being beaten down from all angles, Cash clings to the important things – love for her daughter, community and friendships – and has woven together a highly charged, hilarious and guttural cry for change.


Cash Carraway is an award winning playwright, author and spoken word artist from Penge, South East London. Her sell out one- woman spoken word show REFUGE WOMAN toured the UK in 2018 produced by Battersea Arts Centre & TBIJ and was nominated for multiple awards including ‘Best Innovation’ at the British Journalism Awards before winning ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the Drum Online Media Awards 2019.


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