‘Oxford is My Home’ – Can we create a magazine in a day?
Oct 19 all-day

Do you call Oxford your home? And what does the word ‘home’ mean to you?

We want to give voice to the diverse experiences of finding, building and maybe even losing a home in Oxford in a new community zine called ‘Oxford is my home’. After the amazing response to the first issue, and the fun had in making it, we’re doing it all again!

Whether you’re new to the city, born-and-bred, or anywhere in between, you’re invited to join together on 19th October at Open House. Come by any time between 10am and 4pm to collaborate & create art, opinions, poetry, and stories around this complex and vital topic. The event is free and open to all.

Why? Many people come into Open House and ask us the same questions; ‘how can we solve homelessness? How can we build more affordable housing? Is anyone doing anything!?’ We think the answer lies in talking to each other. Oxford is full of people who are experts by lived-experience of how our housing system is failing and we won’t understand how to fix the sticky situation we’ve got ourselves into until we start listening to them.

Copies of the original issue of ‘Oxford is my home’ can be found at the Oxford Poetry Library at any of their local market appearances. You can see where our big purple bike of books will be next at

Want to get involved but can’t make the date? Contact us on or

Coffee Morning @ Open House
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday we’ll be talking about a theme to do with housing and homelessness. These coffee mornings are informal and friendly and a good way of finding out more about Open House.

Pop-Up Tomorrow: Reimagining Oxford City Centre
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pop Up Tomorrow is a series of events inspired by Transition Network across the UK, imagining future communities.

Sun 20th October, 2-5pm
Open House Oxford
Free entrance

Join us for a creative afternoon at Open House Oxford – where together we will reimagine what Oxford City Centre could look like.

Please sign up on this page or on the eventbrite page: Places are free but there is limited space in the venue so places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis!

“Pop Up Tomorrow will be a time of creativity, dreaming, and sharing. It will be a space to explore our longings for what we want the future to be. It will connect us to each other and to a future worth fighting for. ”

Based on an idea by Transition Network, CAG Oxfordshire and Eden Project Communities invite you to come together bring your ideas and imaginings of what Oxford’s City Centre could look like – a city farm? A community bank? Closed off to cars completely? Edible gardens?

What stories, buildings, spaces would this future Oxford City Centre hold, and what would life be like?

This event will take place at Open House Oxford and is free to anyone and everyone who wants to join. Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided in return for your creative contributions, thoughts, inspiring ideas, and craft skills!
Keep checking this space for more details.

For any more information in the meantime, get in touch with Laonikos ( or Henry (

‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Like to play with words? So do we!

Come hang out with our poet-in-residence and have a go at some writing games, techniques and activities – or just curl up with a cup of tea and a book! We will have plenty of resources, materials, and poetry for you to get stuck into so just drop in – no need to register.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 5 December between 10am and noon – and will carry on into the new year, too.

Spread the word!

CANCELLED: Can a Home Solve Homelessness?
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


This event has been postponed to a future date.

Panel discussion with Tom Wynne-Morgan of Homes England and local architects Transition by Design on how architects and designers are engaging with the issues surrounding homelessness.

Panel: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping in Oxford
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Organised by Oxford University’s Student Labour Group.

Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Weekly arts and craft session. Free and good for all ages.

Coffee Morning @ Open House
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday we’ll be talking about a theme to do with housing and homelessness. These coffee mornings are informal and friendly and a good way of finding out more about Open House.

Renters Rights workshop & panel discussion
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm

Renters rights workshop with the London Renters Union followed by a panel discussion with Hanna Wheatley of the New Economics Foundation and local campaigners.

Open House Closing Party
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

With poems, stories and perfoemances from contributors to Oxford is My Home community magazine.