Once homeless, unemployed, and surrounded by a drink and drugs culture, Marcus knows just how difficult life can become.
But with determination, Marcus Burns (24) – known to friends as ‘Bambi’ - now wants to warn young people to steer clear of drink and drugs, expressing his message through poetry.
Fixers are producing a short film showing Marcus’ story. As Marcus reflected on his situation while being homeless, he found poetry as a way to express his feelings, realising that lots of other young people are in similar positions to him.
The film focuses on Marcus' poetry, and the messages behind his poems.
“There is a general lack of opportunities within my local community and there isn’t any platform or avenue for young people to express their needs and feelings,” he says.
"It's quite easy to get caught up in the scene of drink and drugs. But I wanted to show how there are better things to look forward to in life, how you can be creative and achieve so much more, and how being involved in crime, drink and drugs just puts you in a worse position."
Marcus started to write poems based on his experiences and the experiences of friends, and hopes his poetry can make a difference by encouraging people towards the arts.
“I just want to make a difference to their lives,” Marcus says. “It’s tough to be young these days, especially when you have nothing, but I want to show young people that there is always something you can do."