Catrina Davies - Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed

with Catrina Davies

We will be joined by writer and musician Catrina Davies to share her story and insights into her new book Homesick. Homesick is the memoir of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, a comment on class, economics, mental health and nature, and a thoughtful examination of what we mean by ‘home’.

No home equals no freedom.
We need roots before we can grow wings.

Aged thirty-one, Catrina Davies was renting a box-room in a Bristol house, which she shared with four other adults and a child. Working several jobs and never knowing whether she could make the rent, she felt like she was breaking apart.

Homesick for the landscape of her childhood, the far west of Cornwall, Catrina decides to give up the box-room and face her demons. As a child, she saw her family and their security - bothfinancial and emotional - torn apart. Now, she resolves to make a tiny, dilapidated shed (her father’s office, before his bankruptcy) into a room of her own.

With the freedom to write, surf and make music, Catrina rebuilds the shed and, piece by piece, her own sense of self. On the border of civilisation and wilderness, between the woods andthe sea, she discovers the true value of home, while trying to find a foothold in a fragile andvanishing world being destroyed by economics. Catrina’s account embraces a blistering critique of the housing crisis in the UK and the damaged state of rural economies and communities and also lyrical and gorgeous nature writing as she adapts to the rhythms of her new home.

  • You will marvel at the beauty of this book, and rage at the injustice it reveals

    George Monbiot

  • Davies clearly and succinctly describes the vastness of the housing problem

    Evening Standard

  • Superb: a compellingly readable reflection on what it means to be alive in a mortuary, free in a society of slaves, and on place, home, relationship, and our need for the surging wild. Angry and kind; poised and desperate; urgent and vital. Davies can help us all to get a life. We need her.

    Charles Foster

    Author of Being a Beast

About the author

Catrina Davies was born in Snowdonia to Welsh parents and grew up around Land’s End, Cornwall. She has worked as a DJ, gardener,circus cellist, cleaner, TEFL teacher, dog walker, flower-picker, builder and waitress. Her first book The Ribbons are for Fearlessness is a memoirabout busking from Norway to Portugal.