Refugees & Asylum Seekers

We work with Refugee Community Organisations to organise creative writing and reading workshops for people with refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds.

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We work with Refugee Community Organisations to organise creative writing and reading workshops for people with refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds. We work in places like the Migrants Resource Centre in Westminster, the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum in Ladbroke Grove, Praxis in Bethnal Green, Bristol Refugee RightsSt Chad’s Sanctuary in Birmingham, Jesuit Refugee Service in Wapping and Community Arts North West in Manchester.

We work with participants in each centre and create ongoing series of writing and reading workshops led by professional writers with star guests such as Esther Freud, Mimi Khalvati, George Szirties, Daljit Nagra, Blake Morrison and Choman Hardi.

At the end of the 6-8 week workshop series, the writers contribute to a beautifully produced book that is then launched at a public event, often at English PEN’s home, the Free Word Centre. The latest books are now available to read online.

Our most recent series of workshops was held at the the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum in Ladbroke Grove, West London and led by the writer Miriam Halahmy. Her blog about this project gives an engaging insight into our work with refugees and asylum seekers.