Stories are Never Left Behind – Swansea

WRITING ABOUT JOURNEYS AND PICTURES
There are stories everywhere: about people and places, beautiful things, sad things, good things. For refugees even things that you have left behind are still in your mind. You keep telling yourself stories about your mother, your grandfather, your friend, your house… things only you know about.

Creative Writing can help you write your memories down as stories or poems, make them beautiful so they last. We can look at your photographs and talk about your journeys. This is for you first and for your family. Second it is so that other people can try to understand what it is like to lose everything and start again. You don’t need to be a poet or write English really well to do this.

WHY PHOTOGRAPHS AND JOURNEYS?
In June City of Sanctuary and Swansea Museum set up a wonderful exhibition for Refugee Week that shows what life is like for asylum seekers and refugees. It is full of photographs and people telling their stories.

Photographs, are important; even photographs that have been lost. They remind you of your old life and remind you of your journey to the UK.

Picture: Romisa Asadi

WHO CAN COME?
There will be two sessions just with asylum seeker and refugee women and there will be a third one anyone can come to.

WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?
We will do some writing in the exhibition in Swansea Museum 11-1.00 on Wednesdays 8th and 15th August. The open session is the following Wed 22nd.

WHAT CAN WE DO?
Swansea City of Sanctuary will pay for one child-care worker for two sessions of two hours each so that women can write in peace. We can also pay bus fare.

We will make and sell a booklet of the poems and stories that are written and there will be a reading at the end of the exhibition.

ARE YOU INTERESTED?
Please contact Jeni Williams through WSSAG Wales

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