Participant reading her poetry at the sharing

"We have learnt everything – new skills and also we have gained so much by reading new poets. We have read pieces in many different languages, learning the music of different country's poetry."

Big Writing for a Small World

Big Writing for a Small World was a partnership project with English PEN, a London-based charity working to promote literature and human rights. This national project featured a mini writer-in-residency programme hosted by refugee centres across the country and aimed to enable refugees & asylum seekers to write short pieces towards a book which would be launched nationally. CAN hosted the North West element of this national project.

John Siddique delivered 13 creative writing workshops to 13 participants from a range of refugee and migrant backgrounds between November 2011 & April 2012. The workshops were extremely well received by project participants who commented on John’s creativity and inspirational sessions.  The sessions resulted in participants producing poetry or prose for a book which brought together writings from the national project.

The book was launched at Nexus Arts Café on 1 May 2012 and the event was an intimate and welcoming sharing of local participant’s work, featuring a DJ and food.

There is a strong desire from the core group of participants to continue this project and a venue is currently being sought for monthly sessions.