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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


Margaret Katula reading her powerful poem “Motherland and England”


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:




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