Anti-social behaviour – cause or consequence of homelessness?

Sadly anti-social behaviours such as drug and alcohol abuse are often associated with homelessness. The question is what comes first? According to a series of studies from Northumbria becoming homelessness may lead to anti-social behaviours, mental health issues and substance abuse rather than the other way around. Researchers Adele Irving and Dr Jamie Harding looked…

Meet Lothar, Perth’s Branch Manager

Lothar has been volunteering as Perth’s Branch Manager for the last six months. He has always been around libraries and books and wants to share his adventures in reading as far as possible with all walks of life. He kindly took the time to chat with us on why he became a volunteer and how…

A series of fortunate events

Jo has been living in the leafy suburb of Mt Colah for the last 16 years. She shares her home with her fiancé and three of her five children. Her 21 year old has moved out to study at university while her 26 year old recently moved out with his girlfriend. Life for Jo is…

Why do homeless people need mobiles?

When you picture a homeless person you may not imagine them holding a mobile phone but recent research indicates that it is more common than you may think. For people without stable accommodation owning a mobile can be a way of keeping of safe and navigating a path out of homelessness. A study recently published…

A birthday wish provides much needed books

Michelle* and her daughter Rebecca* share a birthday and this year they were both celebrating important milestones. Michelle was turning 50 while Rebecca was celebrating her 18th birthday. This led them to host a big joint party but they wanted to mark the occasion by helping those less fortunate than themselves. Michelle had previously lived…

New Library Opens in Rajasthan

The Footpath Library’s Founder, Sarah has been continuing her travels and has recently returned from a small village in Rajasthan in northern India. Whilst visiting the small local primary school she discovered there were absolutely no reading resources for the children. The Footpath Library has now proudly been able to set up the village’s  very…

Tim Quinn tells if he really is a Kindle Man

Tim Quinn and his company Kindleman have been generously providing pro-bono web development support to The Footpath Library since 2010. Tim spent a bit of time explaining why Kindleman feels a strong connection to the work of The Footpath Library and how music played on an old Nokia phone can be truly beautiful. Why did…

Faces in the Street, Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson is widely recognised as Australia’s poet of the people. He led a life fraught with difficulties. He spent time in jail and experienced long periods of homelessness. Despite this, Lawson is reported to have found time for those less fortunate than himself. One of his famous poems which illustrates his incredible observation skills…

Should homeless people have pets?

It is a very common picture to see someone who is living on streets to accompanied by a four legged friend or sometimes even several animals. For some people when they see a person sleeping rough with a pet they can’t help but think “why do they have a pet when they are struggling to…

Nick Earls talks about feeling a bit analogue

Brisbane based author Nick Earls joined The Footpath Library as an Ambassador back in 2013. A versatile writer, Nick established his credentials as a children’s writer with the successful trilogy The Word Hunters. He has written for magazines and newspapers, and his adult fiction has been turned into plays and film (well, one so far—but…

Greetings from Sri Lanka

Welcome to the winter edition of our newsletter and greetings from Sri Lanka where I have been based for the last few months. While I have been away I have managed to enjoy some great books and in this video I share some of my recent favourites with you.