About

About me and this blog:

1) I’m a freelance writer and journalist (mostly about housing and social affairs) and a regular contributor to Inside Housing, 24Housing and Guardian Housing Network. I’m also editor of Welsh Housing Quarterly. This blog a) reflects my background working on Shelter’s magazine ROOF, one of the few publications looking at housing across all tenures until it sadly closed in 2010 b) complements my blog for Inside Housing, Inside Edge, which has covered many of the same themes since 2007 and c) amplifies what I’m saying on twitter @jules_birch.

2) I’m studying for a doctorate in social science at Bristol and hope to explore some broader issues about social policy and theory – if words like contested and ontological start appearing now and again you will know why.

3) I play football for Newlyn Non-Athletico FC and when not writing this blog can be found chasing strikers half my age around a field somewhere in West Cornwall. Starting to accept I’m coming to the end of my football career.

4) Claim to fame No 1: I was on TV bowling to England cricket captain Ray Illingworth at the start of This is Your Life in 1972. That was the end of my cricket career.

5) Claim to fame No 2: I appeared in what was at the time the biggest loss-making film in Hollywood history in 1980. If you watch the first 15 minutes of Heaven’s Gate in slow motion frame by frame you can clearly see the back of my head twice. That was the end of my movie career.

You can contact me on jules *at* jbandjb.eclipse.co.uk.


One Comment on “About”

  1. Robin Smith says:

    Good luck in your work. I’ve been engaged with Shelter. They are oblivious to primary cause of homelessness, though do superb work sheltering people. I’ve asked several of their leaders over the years if they want to know what is causing the homeless. The answer I always get is no. The most recent was more shocking “Its expedient we do not try to investigate that question Robin”. This from the CEO and a director.


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