Poetry and Settled Status for All: Readings and Conversation _ Online Events, February 2022
Poetry and Settled Status for All (CivicLeicester, 2022):
● Poems for a Changing World which is taking place online on Thursday, 17 February 2022 (7-8.30pm, UK time), and● Poems about Migration, on Friday, 25 February (7.30-8.30pm, UK time).
Both events are free and open to all.
As part of the events, a number of writers will be reading and talking about their work featured in the anthology. Also speaking at the events are representatives from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (17 February) and Shropshire Supports Refugees (25 February).
Introduced by Claudia Webbe, Member of Parliament for Leicester East, Poetry and Settled Status for All presents 114 poems and short prose pieces from 97 writers from around the world exploring themes that include lived experience of migration, refugee and undocumented migrant experiences, and the hostile environment.
The anthology is inspired by and builds on how, around the world, campaigners are asking governments to give Settled Status, Indefinite Leave to Remain and humane pathways to citizenship to all in their jurisdictions who need such status.
Poetry and Settled Status for All is dedicated to "all who have left the place they were born to find home elsewhere, to those who support them, and to peace and community activist extraordinaire Penny Walker (1950-2021)" and features contributions from seasoned writers with many publications to their names alongside emerging voices.
The anthology has been described variously as “powerful”, “thought-provoking” and “effective”.