Josephine moved to North Shields as a refugee from Zimbabwe thirteen years ago. Her husband Michael works as a nurse in care homes and they send between £400 and £700 a month to support their relatives back in the village. Although they are seen as rich by their family in Africa, they live on one of the most deprived and stigmatised estates in Britain, Meadow Well. What perspective does this give them on the poor British families that surround them? The Queen of North Shields is a study of relative poverty in Tyneside and Zimbabwe and an exploration of the attitudes, identities and circumstances which define poverty in both places.