#REFUGEESWELCOME

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

 

Visit: #RefugeesWelcome

 
CONTACT

Tel: 07896 843850

Email: wolvescofs@outlook.com
Web: www.wolverhampton.cityofsanctuary.org
Twitter: @wolvescofs

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WOLVERHAMPTON CITY OF SANCTUARY

Download and print an A5 version of the #ReffugessWelcome exhibition flyer (see image above).

DATE > TIME

Wednesday 22  June 2016 ❘ 7 – 9PM

AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD

Address:

21 Clifton Street

Chapel Ash

Wolverhampton WV3 0TZ

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