Stu Hennigan is a writer, poet and musician from the north of England. His book Ghost Signs: poverty and the pandemic, grew almost accidentally out of his volunteering work of delivering food parcels during the covid lockdowns. He wrote down what he was witnessing, wanting his experiences to be known by a wider audience “because this is real life”.
His book was published by Bluemoose in June last year, shortlisted for the Best Non-fiction award at the 2022 Bookseller’s Association Awards and for the Best Political Book award by a Non-Parliamentarian at the 2022 Parliamentary Book Awards. It was also listed by Blackwells as one of their Books of the Year.
Stu is a Senior Librarian for Stock and Reader Development at Leeds Libraries and also writes short fiction, essays and poetry. He’ll be talking to Lucinda Hawksley about the pandemic, poverty and what he witnessed as a volunteer in the frontline of the pandemic on the Goldster PPG show at 12pm on 9 May.