The Past The Present & The Gift: Mary Anne Hobbs #TCD2013

It's 5am Christmas Eve.  I'm staying  in the Northern Quarter in Manchester  for The Chrsitmas Dinner.  Throughout today I’ll share different aspects, different elements,  to  The Christmas Dinner. Read more [...]

The Christmas Dinner Situation Room #TCD2013

The Christmas Dinner Team meeting. How many mince pies?  #TCD2013   Read more [...]

Broken: A video by young people in care

This is a beautiful video of a care system which more often than not seems to be ashamed of itself. And a system ashamed of itself will never produce young people who are not ashamed to be using it.    Read more [...]

What is The Christmas Dinner and how is it doing?

This Christmas Dinner in Manchester is inspired by The Tope Project who did it first in London last year.   Louise Wallwein writes on the crowdfunder site   "The Christmas Dinner is a pop up organisation Read more [...]

Places for care leavers at The Christmas Dinner.

I check with The Christmas Dinner referral team to see how many care leavers are confirmed. Twenty five. There's space for 45.    I’m told an anxious young man has telephoned saying  he needed travel Read more [...]

Thankyou crowdfunders #TCD2013

If you have a good idea for the community in Britain there is a way to make it happen. Thankyou Louise Wallwein from The Christmas Dinner team. Louise had the idea to approach to raise Read more [...]


We only have seven days left to crowdfund to reach 10,000 total. Then we have funded this and and much of next years Christmas Dinner.  Wharehouse Project have offered VIP Festival ticket sales to The Read more [...]


I  received the first  feedback on SALANDER my installation  at The Roundhouse which opened to the public yesterday.  I asked if I could share and the author gave permission.   Salander  has sold Read more [...]

Picture House Cinema backs The Christmas Dinner #TCD2013

I've just this minute met Leah Byrne of Picture House Cinemas. We met  in Shoreditch House.  Picture House have donated a whole cinema experience for The Christmas Dinner in Manchester as well as additional Read more [...]

#TCD2013 The Christmas Dinner

"Use the twitter hashtag  #TCD2013 for all communications on The Care Leavers  Christmas Dinner in Manchester. Or the poet gets it. I said The poet gets it"     Read more [...]