Welcome to Weoley Castle

Top of the Green Hill in Weoley Castle

I grew up on this leafy council estate in west Birmingham in the 1980s and 90s. I used academia as a route to escape, and found myself in the middle class comforts of Hertfordshire and then Solihull.
I feel very privileged to have experienced life at three levels of society: working class, working poor and middle class. It has given me a well-grounded and diverse outlook on life.

These are the thoughts of someone who came from "Your Town" ... Margaret Thatcher's utopia.

If you read nothing else, cast your eyes over my account of food poverty and the awkward truth that we are all privileged.