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Jay Blades MBE talks to Alex Clark

Making It: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life

Hay Festival 2022, 

The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades presents a new edition of his emotional story, Making It. Jay, whose upcoming show is The Streets Where I Lived, talks about his experiences of racism and police brutality, his struggles with mental health and the events that led to him being homeless. His honesty offers hope that no matter what struggles you’re going through, change is possible.

Jay explores themes of friendship and family, male vulnerability and dyslexia. He reflects on the satisfaction he finds in jobs that help others, his children, the joy he finds in working with charities and social enterprises across the country and how his passion for upcycling and restoring furniture began at home.

Jay Blades MBE talks to Alex Clark