Hearing the voices of people seeking sanctuary

Posted by Carol Owen UK poverty Communications Officer

20th Jan 2014

Cover of Are You Happy with That

A book of poems, essays and stories by people seeking sanctuary in Wales is being launched this week in the Sinclair Suite of Swansea's Liberty Stadium

 'Are You Happy With That?' contains 200 pages of original writing by 30 writers in Wales, who are or were asylum seekers, from 25 countries.

The launch takes place on Thursday 23 January, from 6-10pm and will be an exuberant evening of celebration, including a buffet meal, readings from the book, music, children's entertainment and messages of support from local politicians.  All are welcome and the event is free of charge.

 To enable asylum seekers to attend, a coach has been laid on to take people from Tesco in Swansea to the Stadium at 6pm.  There will be taxis home for asylum seekers and bus fares will be paid. 

The book launch has been organised by Swansea City of Sanctuary, the Welsh Refugee Council,  Displaced People in Action,  Oxfam Cymru,  African Community Centre,  British Red Cross,  Minority Ethnic Women's Network, Ethnic Youth Support Team  and others.

Oxfam Cymru's Sanctuary in Wales project involves partnerships with organisations in Swansea, Newport, Cardiff and Wrexham and Business in the Community. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Wales. The project aims to offer practical and all-round support to women refugees and asylum seekers to enable them to seek training and employment.

 

Blog post written by Carol Owen

UK poverty Communications Officer

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