Terry Waite CBE is a British humanitarian and author who spent many years as a negotiator for hostages. In 1987, he was captured in Beirut and remained in captivity for 1,763 days, the first four years of which were spent in solitary confinement. Terry, now President of Emmaus UK, believes his experience in captivity gave him a great insight into the misery, isolation, fear, and despair that many homeless people go through.
Erwin James had a difficult childhood and ran away from home in his early teens. As a homeless youngster he began a life of crime which eventually led to him being given a prison sentence of 25 years. During that time, he discovered he had a gift for writing and became a columnist for The Guardian. He is now editor in chief of Inside Time, a newspaper distributed throughout the British prison system.
This unique conversation with Terry and Erwin will compare their experiences. They will also discuss prison reform and homelessness. The one-off exclusive event will help raise much needed funds for Emmaus Dover, who will celebrate 25th years of supporting men and women from across East Kent in 2020.
Emmaus Dover provides a home, funded training opportunities and meaningful work experience for up to 27 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. The combination of a stable home, for as long as someone needs it, and the opportunity to gain new skills by working in its three charity shops in Ashford, Canterbury and Dover, enables residents to regain lost self-esteem and also gives them the confidence to rebuild their lives one step at a time.
The event, ‘Terry Waite CBE and Erwin James – Fellow captives in conversation’ will be held at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Hotel, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH at 7:30pm on Tuesday 26 November.
Tickets are £10 each including refreshments.
You can book your tickets online through Eventbrite by clicking here.