About us

The Gatehouse Literary Forum publishes works by guests of the Gatehouse. The Gatehouse is a drop-in centre for the homeless and poorly housed in Oxford, England. These works include personal essays, short stories and poems. Some pieces are partially inspired by writing prompts provided at the drop-in centre on Literacy Fridays. Others are developed by the guests in their own time.

The purpose of this website is to provide a forum for expression and to highlight one critical point: no one can be defined solely by how they appear, how they speak, where they’re from, nor by their current living situation. We are all far more complex than any one statement could possibly convey.

Please be sure to visit this website frequently as it will evolve over time. You can follow us on Twitter at @GatehouseLit. New content will be added as and when it is produced. Should you like to comment on the work you see here, you can e-mail us at gatehouseliterary@gmail.com. We will try to pass on all comments to the relevant writers. The views expressed in these pieces are solely of the writers and not of the Gatehouse, its staff or volunteers.

I am proud of the effort our guests put into producing thought-provoking work of the highest standard. Enjoy.

Gatehouse Literacy Project Worker


Reading Group: Feel free to join us every Friday for our popular reading group. Guests and volunteers take turns reading passages from novels, plays and collections of poetry. Interspersed with the readings are discussions about the texts. Currently, we are exploring the plays of Oscar Wilde, Willy Russell and Reginald Rose. All reading levels welcome.

Free theatre trips: We have also begun running theatre trips. This past September, guests and volunteers watched an excellent production of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities at the Oxford Playhouse. We then watched The Shawshank Redemption at the New Theatre Oxford, in November, and the pantomime, Cinderella, at The Oxford Playhouse, in December. Our thanks to the Playhouse and the New Theatre for the complimentary tickets.

2017 is off to a great start. We watched the powerful play Pink Mist and the moving musical La Strada at the Oxford Playhouse. Next up, we’ll be watching George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in April. Thank you, Playhouse!

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Special thanks to:
participating guests of the Gatehouse; the Literacy Friday volunteers (Eileen, Johan, Liz, Nikul and Paula); Katrina and the Gatehouse staff and volunteers.
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