Thirsty Scholars

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Empire Publications, Limited, Dec 16, 2019 - 180 pages
The 'On Top of the World' Project is a community programme run by Anne Finnegan and Tina Cribbin who work with older people in tower blocks in Hulme in Manchester, giving them a sense of community and looking after their needs, be it physical health, help with mobility or loneliness. We are proud to present this book which is a collection of stories that describe the residents' journeys to Hulme and how this special place became home. The residents share memories of the Hulme of their youth; charabancs, local characters, terraced streets and old pubs and the evolution of the area into deck-accessed flats and concrete play parks. Like its residents, these stories are full of guts, joy and courage. The tales fly off the page, land on your heart and allow you to relive Hulmes past from a residents perspective. It also includes The Hopton Hopefuls, a play written by Tina Cribbin which centres on the only remaining pub in Hulme and some of the old boys relationship with it. The aim of Thirsty Scholars was to give a voice to a generation that helped build this country but are now largely forgotten. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: The authors are the residents of Hulme whose stories have largely been forgotten. Hulme is a district close to Manchester City Centre, famous for social upheaval over the past 70 years. From the infamous Crescents, originally based on the Georgian architecture of Bath but which were poorly made and stood for less than 20 years but which later turned from family homes into squats, to the gentrification of the area in more recent years as Manchester's Universities expanded into the area - driving rents up and pushing residents out. This project aims to give voice to the dispossessed and tell the stories of people who can recall a time before the crescents and the story of the area first-hand.

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About the author (2019)

Tina Cribbin was born in 1967, the fourth child of six in an Irish family who originated in Dublin and moved to Moss Side in the late 50s then to the infamous Hulme Crescents in 1970. Having left school with few expectations and fewer qualifications, she was employed in a number of jobs from cleaner and tarot card reader to Butlins shop assistant and chalet maid. Having decided to return to education, she began working in the community starting as a youth worker until she became a Connexions advisor then a social worker. Then in her own words, "Suddenly things seemed to happen at the right time; I was involved in an amazing project with One Manchester and the Royal Exchange who were bringing art into tower blocks. I began to write small pieces for a performance which led me to writing most of a play entitled 'Can You Hear Me From Up Here?' which was performed at the Royal Exchange and Home Theatre. I had such an amazing time I didnt want it to end so I carried on writing." Tina has since written a play about older Irish men in Hulme and their relationship with the Salutation pub which was entered for the Bruntwood Prize.

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