Refugees tell their stories

Corinne FowlerUndergraduate students from the School of English are helping twelve refugees from across the world express their personal tales of struggle and hardship by helping them publish a book of their creative writing.

The refugees have been regularly visiting our Centre for New Writing, where student volunteers will help to copy-edit the writing, as well as provide project support to the participants.

The School of English has a strong history of supporting creative writing and diverse writing talents in Leicestershire. The scheme is being run by the Centre for New Writing in partnership with the New Voices Wagon Project as well as being supported by social charity the Rayne Foundation, Praxis Community Projects and Voluntary Action Leicester.

Dr Corinne Fowler (pictured), Director of the Centre for New Writing, who is leading the project, said: “Our students are fascinated by the inspiring group of aspiring writers who have attended the workshops. They have been impressed by the power of writing to engage as well as challenge the reader and to bear witness to some life-changing experiences.”

The writing will be brought together and published as a book edited by students, which will be launched on 24 May.

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