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Foot Work: What your shoes are doing to the world

June 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Do you know where your shoes come from? Do you know where they go when you’re done with them?

In 2018, 66.3 million pairs of shoes were manufactured across the world every single day. They have never been cheaper to buy, and we have never been more convinced that we need to buy them. Yet their cost to the planet has never been greater.

Tansy E Hoskins, author of Foot Work: What Your Shoes Are Doing to the World, takes us deep into the heart of the industry, revealing how it is exploiting workers and deceiving consumers.

Find out why, if we don’t act fast, this humble household object will take us to the point of no return.

About the speaker

Tansy E Hoskins is the award-winning author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion and Foot Work: What Your Shoes Are Doing to the World. She can also be found working as a journalist writing about the textile, clothing and footwear industries for the Guardian, Al Jazeera, i-D, and the iPaper. This work has taken her to Bangladesh, Kenya, Macedonia and to the Topshop warehouses in Solihull. You can find her online at tansyhoskins.org or Twitter.com/tansyhoskins or Instagram.com/tansyhoskins.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner.  In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.


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