We’re delighted to have been featured in The New Londoners – a piece called Each journey entails a hundred possibilities written about our work with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Wapping.
PEN has been working with asylum seekers and refugees at the JRS for over a year now, sending in writers such as Malika Booker and Fathieh Saudi to run life writing workshops – and to have a lot of fun along the way.
Philip Cowell, Head of Programmes, visited one of the workshops: “I was so impressed by what I saw in that room – 16 keen writers and writers-to-be, listening intently to Malika’s guidance and instruction, and writing their own work from scratch. The sharing at the end of the workshop was beautiful – the writing was heartfelt and tender, sometimes funny, sometimes very sad. I was really moved and it made me feel excited about the power of creative writing in community settings.”
Find out more about our work in refugee centres.