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Gimme Shelter: raise money for the homeless with PJ Harvey, Shura and Ben Wheatley

James Manning

In November 1966, Ken Loach’s shocking film ‘Cathy Come Home’ catapulted homelessness and unemployment to the top of the national conversation. A few days later, the charity Shelter was officially founded, and 50 years later it’s still campaigning for safe, affordable housing for everyone. This month it marks its half-century with an event series called Gimme Shelter, bringing some tasty-looking cultural happenings to London for a good cause.

The line-up covers literature, art, film and music, and begins on July 15 at the beautiful St Pancras Old Church with a rare appearance by PJ Harvey. Peej will be reading from her book ‘The Hollow of the Hand’ as part of a line-up that also includes Tracey Thorne, Mark Watson, Joe Dunthorne (author of ‘Submarine’) and the songwriter Laura J Martin. That’s followed by an event with artist, designer and uber-hipster Richie Culver, launching his new exhibition at Protein in Shoreditch on July 28.

On-point singer-songwriter Shura gives an acoustic performance at Moth Club on August 4, with an appearance by Mercury Prize-winning Brixton rapper Speech Debelle, before things wrap up in Peckham with a rooftop screening of Ben Wheatley’s London dystopia ‘High-Rise’, starring Tom Hiddleston. Wheatley will be introducing the film and answering questions about adapting JG Ballard’s classic novel.

Tickets are only a tenner, and all proceeds naturally go to furthering Shelter’s important work. Apply through the ballot on Shelter’s website – and don’t hang about: the PJ Harvey ballot closes tomorrow at noon.

Apply for Gimme Shelter tickets or check out more great things to do in London this July.

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