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Political editor shortlisted for national prize for homelessness writing

Liam Thorp 1A regional daily political editor has been nominated for a prestigious national prize for writing about homelessness.

Liam Thorp, left, of the Liverpool Echo, has been named on the shortlist for the Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness 2024, alongside entries from ITV News, The Independent, and the i paper.

Also nominated for the Prize are ‘Unheard Voices,’ a group of five community reporters living in Greater Manchester with experience of unfit housing and/or homelessness.

They are Catherine Hay, Debbie Cuthbert, Karl Brown, David Winter and Stuart Potts.

Chair of judges, the BBC’s Paddy O’Connell, said: “This is Britain. As entrants, you collectively took us onto the streets and into precarious, temporary and often substandard accommodation.

“Our eight finalists all artfully and expertly brought human stories to bear on the wider picture – congratulations to every one of them. And to everyone who entered, thank you.

“We as judges have read and taken on board each piece: everyone has been seen. Now, it’s up to us to make sure you are heard.”

Winners will be announced at the Orwell Prize ceremony on 27th June 2024.

The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness was launched in 2023 in partnership with The Orwell Foundation and the Centre for Homelessness Impact.

It aims to celebrate the art of evidence-led storytelling, accurate investigation, and innovative policy reporting, and welcomes new work from writers with lived experience of homelessness in all its forms, alongside that of journalists working to shed light on the issue.