City of Sanctuary
Refugee Week 2016 chose ‘Welcome’ as its theme this year. As part of Refugee Week, Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary are presenting an evening of spoken word, #RefugeesWelcome, at Asylum gallery.
Paul Francis, Poet in Residence for Wenlock Poetry Festival is compering the evening and has written new material specifically for the night around the theme of seeking asylum and welcome. Another local poet, Bones has written a new work for the evening that pulls no punches. Giovanni Spoz Esposito performs his poem, ‘Valentine’s Day in the Jungle’ after visiting the makeshift camps in Calais this year as part of a trip organised by Stand up to Racism. ‘We spoke with children from Syria, people from Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea. They were and are beautiful people. Just people..’
Stephanie Carr performs poems written after running workshops with asylum seekers and refugees at St. Chad’s Sanctuary, Birmingham. John Catley, Secretary of Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary recalls his conversion story from a man who believed ‘we should send them all back’ to becoming an advocate for refugees and asylum seekers after the cleaner at his place of work was sent to the detention centre, Yarls Wood.
Actors and actresses Jonathon Collings, Dave Pitt, Pam and April Hudson and artist Parastoo Duffet are performing works from acclaimed Somali, Syrian, Kurdish and Iranian poets and activists, Warsan Shire, Nizar Qabbani, Choman Hardi and Simin Behbahani. Music by Ni Singh of League of International Misfits
‘And all is cold… so cold… as I stand hunched… against harsh grey skies… and biting wind, and bitter angry fear… until you hold a hand out to me… And speak a whispered breath… of warmth and welcome’
I am here (Towards A Place of Hope)Stephanie Neville 2015
Tel: 07896 843850
WOLVERHAMPTON CITY OF SANCTUARY
Download and print an A5 version of the #ReffugessWelcome exhibition flyer (see image above).