Emma Tarlo: Under The Hornbeams - Part of Summer Derby Book Festival 2024


Date: 12.30pm

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‘I’m not homeless: this is my home!’

Emma Tarlo first met Nick and Pascal when out walking. They live and sleep outside – under the hornbeam trees in Regent’s Park and have lived alongside each other in London’s streets for 20 years, yet do not identify as homeless.

Nick is an avid reader of history and philosophy – able to converse on any topic; Pascal is quiet, spending much of his time lying still, communicating silently with birds and animals.

Gradually, through the sharing of food, conversation and life stories, they develop a friendship, prompting Emma to ask questions about her own life.

Under the Hornbeams is a life-affirming story that pays homage to the power of human connection and upturns many of our preconceptions about home, family, work and community.

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