As part of Refugee Week, English PEN was on 6 Music, Colourful Radio and at the Celebrating Sanctuary event in central London.
Aissata Thiam, who has taken part in English PEN’s creative writing programme in a refugee centre in London, was invited to read her poem The Wrestlers out loud for Cerys on 6 Music. 6 Music reaches 1.17 million listeners! Aissata took part in the Poetry in Motion segment of the show, where she read her poem out loud over music. Read the English PEN book The Wrestlers, named after Aissata’s poem.
And that’s not all. Louis Osayande joined English PEN’s Head of Programmes, Philip Cowell, on Colourful Radio on Wednesday 20th June and Aissata Thiam, Yaya Yosof and Marie Eveline Lavoile read their work out at the Celebrating Sanctuary event on London’s South Bank.
English PEN’s work in refugee centres has been supported this year by Arts Council England, the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom, John Lyon’s Charity, A B Charitable Trust, Scotshill Trust, the Pack Foundation and the Morel Trust.
How To Listen to PEN on the airwaves
Listen to Cerys talking about English PEN and introducing Aissata’s poem, The Wrestlers. Go straight to it by clicking through to 1 hour 37 minutes!
Listen to our feature on Colourful FM – click on Listen Again and go to 26. 2012-06-20-1100. We’re about 10 minutes in to this section.