Insider!The title of my first chapbook comes from an incident I witnessed on St Peter's Square in Manchester. An epileptic homeless man was suffering a seizure. A group of people gathered - most were not worried.
They branded him a drunk:
"I KNOW HIM. HE’S A DRUNK.
Brands him lame, unfit for purpose;
Leaves him to bleed."
Myself and my Mum were on the phone to the ambulance team who arrived very quickly. Even they mentioned he would be out on the streets again by that evening - no beds.By the majority of people there, that man was treated as a spectacle, and not a person, because of his status, or lack of, in society.