Reading Together for Refugees: In pictures

A big thank you to all who came along to Friday’s event. With a very successful turnout, we were really happy to see a lot of voices being heard! Below are a few pictures highlighting the day’s events.

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Sam Durrant introducing Leeds Reading Groups for those seeking asylum and refuge in Leeds — at Leeds Central Library.

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‘Reading poems together encourages people to use their own voice…to feel empowered’  — with Christine ChettleHelen KingstoneRachel Whitehead and Sam Durrant.

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Rachel speaking about the lively discussion of political, cultural and societal concerns that takes place in reading groups. — with Rachel Whitehead.

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Anne Burghgraef, Clinical Director of Solace talks about the importance of shared reading groups in terms of building a sense of community in order to flourish in a new culture.

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Israr, April and Helen read their poem “In Our Country” which they co-wrote in their reading group at Compton Centre — with April Geers and Helen Kingstone.

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Margaret Katula reading her powerful poem “Motherland and England”

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Malika Booker wowed us all with her reading of “My Mother’s Blues” from her collection Pepper Seed

For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a video of Malika reading her poem: https://vimeo.com/76416012

 

 

 

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