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Speaker(s): Linda Tirado
Chair: Rowan Harvey

Recorded on 16 October 2014 at Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Linda Tirado knows from experience what it is to be poor, to struggle to make ends meet. She was working all hours at two jobs - as a food service worker in a chain restaurant and as a voting rights activist at a non-profit organization - to support her young family. She knows what it’s like to have problems you wish you could fix, but no money, energy or resources to fix them, and no hope of getting any.

In 2013, an essay on the everyday realities of poverty that Tirado wrote and posted online was read and shared around the world. In Hand to Mouth, she gives a searing, witty and clear-eyed insider account of being poor in the world’s richest nation. She looks at how ordinary people fall or are born into the poverty trap, explains why the poor don’t always behave in the way the middle classes think they should, and makes an urgent call for us all to understand and meet the challenges they face.

In this event she will be in conversation with Rowan Harvey (@RowanHarvey1), Women's Rights Advocacy Adviser at Action Aid UK and LSE Governor.

Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) is married with two children. Until 2014, she was working two jobs, most recently in a chain restaurant and as a voting rights activist for a disability non-profit organisation. She blogs, writes and campaigns on poverty and class issues. Hand to Mouth is her first book.

The Department of Social Policy (@LSESocialPolicy) is the longest established in the UK and offers outstanding teaching based on the highest quality empirical research in the field.

Credits: Tom Sturdy (Audio Post-Production), LSE AV Services (Audio Recording).

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