Finding a shared language

#RefugeesWelcome: poet and performer Simon Mole reflects on his experience of welcoming young people to the UK through the act of writing as part of English PEN’s multilingual outreach project Brave New Voices.


#RefugeesWelcome: the poet and teacher shares his motivations for creating the Refugee Tales project – a literary journey of solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and detainees, modelled on Chaucer’s great poem of travel and storytelling.

The immigrant

#RefugeesWelcome: a short, powerful extract from the play The Immigrant, written and directed by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, which turns the story of asylum on its head to ask questions of us all.

‘Does Rahaf have a new doll now?’

#RefugeesWelcome: the acclaimed children’s author reflects on her experience sharing the stories of refugees in Germany – and the capacity of children to empathise across cultures. Part of a special #refugeeswelcome PEN Atlas series.

Writing to never forget

#RefugeesWelcome: writer and former child refugee Yovanka Perdigao retraces her own journey from Guinea-Bissau to London via Dakar and Lisbon, finding solace and empowerment throughout her journey in her love of literature.