Our celebration of Refugee Week

June 17, 2021

A unique insight into refugee life, shared through poetry and song

Six refugee friends supported by the Jesuit Refugee Service UK shared their creative writing in an online showcase event. They also launched their book ‘Home is a Feeling not a Place’, a collection of their literary work which you can order here.

They had all taken part in the ‘Open Writing Space’ workshops over the past year and the online event offered them an opportunity to read and sing their writing aloud to each other and members of the public.

The event was led by poet, Laila Sumpton, who facilitated the writing workshops and edited the book, and by Dallya Alhorri, the Refugee Activities coordinator for the service. Together, they created an interactive online space where participants (refugee friends and supporters alike) were encouraged to share their own lines of poetry and reflections.

It is thanks to your donations that the Jesuit Refugee Service UK can continue creative activities like the ‘Open Writing Space’ workshops, allowing refugee friends to feel uplifted and empowered at a time when the British government is cracking down on those seeling asylum.

Find out more about the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, including how to donate, by clicking here.

[Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash]

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