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Afrikult. Launches ‘Stories of Home’ Workshop Programme for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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  • 5th June 2018
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This year Afrikult., a literary organisation seeking to widen access to African literature, will be extending their workshops to hard-to-reach communities with a bespoke programme that enables stories to be exchanged and listened to. Free Word is proud to be partnering with Afrikult. on this project, which launches during National Refugee Week 2018.

Stories of Home is a half-day workshop offered to displaced people living in London with an opportunity to workshop African literature, and to write their own creative pieces in response to the literature, drawing from their own experiences. After the half-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with an editor to edit their creative pieces, which will then be published in a Stories of Home digital anthology. The anthology will be launched in late 2018 with all participants and project partners invited.

Photo credit: Sarah Nwafor. Left to right: Zaahida Nabagereka, Keren Lasme and Marcelle Mateki Akita

The main focus of Stories of Home is to capture why and how literature matters within hard-to- reach communities. From Afrikult.’s work with schools and the general public, workshops have been instrumental in encouraging a wider discussion of literature and how it impacts each and every one of us. In targeting communities and groups of largely marginalised people, Afrikult. aims to showcase work that enables participants to freely engage and identify with the issues explored, opening up a dialogue and perhaps most significantly with this audience, the sharing of interpretations. The digital anthology will continue this important discussion around literature, migration and immigration online with a #StoriesofHome campaign.

The workshops will be hosted at SOAS, University of London, in association with SOAS Alumni, on Monday 18 June, and in our theatre at Free Word on Friday 22 June. This project is also supported by English Pen, and the Africa Writes 2018 Literary Festival, who will be donating free daytime weekend festival tickets to participants.

Afrikult. is running a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs of this project. If you’d like to find out more or show your support, please click here.


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