About Me

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I spend a lot of time writing and talking about things I feel are unjust. Here I write about what I’ve experienced, read and thought about in the hope that what I say will lead to some much needed policy change in relation to the Private Rented Sector, Children’s Rights (particularly in relation to insecure housing) and Child Poverty.(That doesn’t mean that I won’t veer off onto other subjects too though :))

I’m a Human Rights student and a university lecturer in something completely different.I’m a mum of 3 too.

I regularly write blog posts for charities and other organisations so feel free to approach me on this via the comments here or on Twitter.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Fiona 
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7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I have just discovered your blog through today’s article in The Guardian. I feel like I have discovered a kindred spirit. There is so much I want to say to you, but for now I will just say “thank you”. From the bottom of my heart. I will comment more soon, no doubt about it.

    1. What a lovely comment, Isabelle. I really look forward to more contact.
      Really glad you like what I’ve said.
      Fiona

  2. Like Isabelle, I discovered your blog, via The Guardian. You make the point so well, Fiona.

    We were ‘private rented’ during the early years of my career change in the mid-90s. We’d sold our Cornish cottage and moved back to our home county of Hampshire, where I’d landed a job at a nearby university. We got caught out in the housing boom, and eventually settled for a housing association tenancy. A couple of years after completing postgraduate work in Information Science, we saw that getting back on the property ladder was no more than a dream for us. So, we are still tenants, and probably will be, for the rest of our days. Ever the realist, I opted for voluntary severance and early retirement in 2006. One of the best moves I’ve ever made. Hey, when I took the class test, I came out as Precariat!

    1. Hi Martin-it’s a funny business this whole tenure thing, isn’t it? In the UK we all tend to gravitate towards the housing ladder with the hope of buying because that’s where we imagine we’ll find the security we need. Things are changing very quickly in this regard though, it’s much harder to buy, much more expensive to rent and it just doesn’t seem fair that so many are finding their living situations to be so precarious as a result. All needs a major re-think.
      Thanks for your comment. It’s good to hear about other experiences.

  3. I found you through the Guardian feature too. I am a fellow renter but am quite happy with that at the mo – my rent has stayed the same for 5 years and my landlord is a lovely chap. Anyway I am thinking of starting a blog with my thoughts on stuff too. Any tips would be appreciated.

    1. Just do it! I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how creative and enjoyable it can be. I had never considered writing a blog until I found I had something to say that I couldn’t keep inside me. Once it was out, there was no stopping me. The topic you choose needs to have meaning maybe.

      Really glad to hear about your happy renter story too.

      Fiona

  4. Hi Fiona, your blog is really inspiring! I’m currently volunteering for ATD Fourth World UK and would like to get in touch with you about your blog and our (upcoming) one. Could you please drop me and email? 🙂 Thank you!

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