Help publish a collection of refugee stories, poems and artwork
Join us and fund a collection of creative writing and artwork by Bristol’s refugees and asylum seekers.
A little bit of background
Over the past year, members of Borderlands Refugee Centre in Bristol have been busy writing stories and poems and creating beautiful artwork.
We’re keen to showcase what’s been produced – and in the process create a platform for voices that are rarely heard. We’d love to bring some of this together in a small publication and launch it during Bristol’s Refugee Festival in the summer.
You’ll read about a teenager’s first dance in Eritrea, the sights and smells of Sudan and the hopes and dreams of a young Syrian who’s setting up life in the UK – amongst other stories – alongside photographs of watercolour paintings and pencil drawings.
What have we done so far?
Tom, our wonderful graphic designer, has brought together all the content together into a beautiful first draft of the book.
Lynsey is speaking to local charities and bookshops who can support us and promote the book when it’s launched.
Once the book is printed, we’ll launch it during Bristol’s Refugee Festival (19 June – 16 July 2017) and sell it in independent bookshops throughout Bristol.
But we can’t do this on our own – this is where you come in!
How you can help
We need to raise £3,000 for the cost of printing the book. We’re looking to print 1,000 full-colour copies by the end of May.
We don’t have a single penny of sponsorship or funding… so it’s over to you to make this happen!
And in return
By donating you’ll be making it possible for us to showcase the creativity of Bristol’s refugees and asylum seekers – and make public the positive, individual voices of refugees, in contrast to the generic, negative messages we hear from the media.
And as if that wasn’t enough – every donor who gives £50 or over will get a free copy of the book and an invitation to the launch party at Arnolfini during Bristol’s Refugee Festival!
Join us and become part of Bristol’s rich, vibrant and creative refugee community where everyone – no matter who they are or where they’re from – is welcomed, valued and encouraged.
Alyson – local poet and facilitator of poetry workshops at Borderlands
Chris – artist and coordinator of the Borderlands art table
Clare – Assistant Curator of Learning at Arnolfini
Lynsey – project lead and creative writing facilitator at Borderlands
Mulue – refugee writer and student
Steve – manager of the Borderlands drop-in
Tom – local graphic designer
Verity – Borderlands drop-in assistant
The small print
A note about us: as the project team we’re all working in a voluntary capacity, which means 100% of the profit raised from the sale of the book will go directly to Borderlands.