Lawrence Hoo’s work throws a powerful light onto the lesser-known histories which are the inheritance of Britain’s immigrant communities. After a youth spent in and out of the care system, Lawrence developed a calling for working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds: those whose experiences he had lived himself.
Lawrence has engaged with disadvantaged children of all age groups in schools as well as within the United Nation’s Habitat programme, and the YMCA. Lawrence has published three poetry collections: Inner City Tales (2006), Hoostory (2011), and CARGO (2019) and as a public speaker Lawrence urges social change. He is a member the University of Bristol’s Diversity Advisory Board. In 2016 Lawrence and Charles Golding founded the CARGO education project. Today, CARGO collaborates with major partners including the National Education Union, and the University of Bristol.