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Poetry and Settled Status for All - a Call for Submissions

Poetry and Settled Status for All: An Anthology (CivicLeicester, 2022) is now available. This call for submissions is now closed. CivicLeicester is inviting and accepting poems and short fiction on the theme, Settled Status or Indefinite Leave to Remain for All.  The editors will also consider poems and short fiction exploring themes that include:  ● lived experience of being a migrant or an undocumented migrant or seeking refuge in Britain and the Irish States,  ● migrant, undocumented migrant or refugee experiences of rural and urban life, education, housing, work, healthcare, immigration and asylum systems, and  ● the hostile environment.    The call for submissions is inspired by how, in Britain and the Irish States, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, several coalitions, including the Status Now Network (SNN), Members of Parliament (MPs) and groups that are concerned about the welfare of refugees and migrants are calling for settled status or indefinite leave to remain to be gr

Interview _ Becky Swain

Becky Swain is Director of Manchester Poetry Library , the North West’s first public poetry library, opening in 2021. She has experience leading arts, literature and learning programmes at organisations including Arvon, Creative Partnerships, and Creativity Culture and Education, and is an experienced youth worker, English and Drama teacher, coach and arts learning facilitator. A Clore Fellow (2009), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, she is a member of the Advisory Group and Young Poets’ Stories, a poetry writing development research. In this interview, Becky Swain talks about poetry, the Manchester Poetry Library and why poetry matters. How would you describe the Manchester Poetry Library? Manchester Poetry Library based at Manchester Metropolitan University, is the North West’s first public Poetry Library, and the only public poetry library in the country to be based within a university. The Manchester Poetry Library will open on Oxford Road in Manchester early in 2021.