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Teint: for the Bièvre / pour la Bièvre By Zoë Skoulding & Jean Portante
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Zoë Skoulding's poems in this volume celebrate and mourn the 'lost', buried Parisian river La Bièvre. Once an important tributary of the Seine, running through the centre of the city, for... More > 100 years La Bièvre has disappeared from view. "Not drowning but buried / the lost body always / hers always innocent / already filthy her / live arm absent from dead / arm lifting hydraulic / weight to feed the mills / diverted into sewers" Translations into French are by the Parisian poet Jean Portante, whose work has been translated into English by Zoë Skoulding: 'In Reality', Seren, 2013. "Pas se noyant mais ensevelie / le corps perdu toujours / le sien toujours innocent / déjà crasseux son / bras de vie absent du bras / mort soulevant le poids / hydraulique pour nourrir les moulins / détournés dans les égouts"< Less
HIRAETH ERZOLIRZOLI: A WALES - CAMEROON ANTHOLOGY By ERIC NGALLE CHARLES
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Many of the best and brightest writing talents from two countries - Wales and Cameroon - are brought together in this unique book. The editor, Eric Ngalle Charles, is a Cameroon-born, Wales-based... More > poet, playwright, and performer. This anthology is part of his Creative Wales project (funded by Arts Council Wales) on Memory, Migration and Trauma. He became a writer in Wales, and only recently made return visits to Cameroon to develop collaborations with writers there. In all, 36 writers from the two countries are represented in this collection. Most of their poems and stories appear here for the first time. Eric's introduction knits together his childhood memories, his life as a migrant, and what the various writers in this collection mean to him.< Less
Smile By Ishmail Kamara
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Poems by Ishmail Kamara. He is a writer and performing poet, based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He was born in Mambolo Chiefdom, in northern Sierra Leone. "Smile" is his first... More > collection. It is published by Hafan Books (www.lulu.com/hafan) on behalf of Swansea Asylum Seekers Support. ISBN 9780995496651. "Sometimes / in the twenty-first century / while I was weak and thirsty / I couldn’t speak my own language // I could see but I was blind / roaming the streets / of a green desert city / seeking God’s face / but hard to find // Some other day / in the twenty-first century / I met an angel ...." (The Rich Man’s Empty Closet)< Less
Police Officers are Friends – Not Strangers! By Maxson S. Kpakio
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This picture book is for school children, especially in Liberia, giving advice on road safety and protection from stranger danger. It is for children, parents and teachers (with comprehension... More > exercises at the back of the book).< Less
My Heart Loves in My Language By Tom Cheesman et al.
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Stories and poems from Swansea all about language: translating, interpreting, learning, losing, sharing and re-inventing language. Includes: poems by members of the Swansea Women's Asylum and Refugee... More > Group (most created in workshops led by Jeni Williams), and stories about personal experiences, recorded by Filiz Celik and Tom Cheesman as part of a project on language and interpreting among asylum-seekers and refugees. Plus contributions by many others. The research project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through the Cross-Language Dynamics consortium of the Open World Research Initiative, and based in Swansea University's Department of Modern Languages.< Less
¡Como el mar es mi testigo! As the sea is my witness! Two Afro-Colombian Poets By Patricia Rodríguez-Martínez-Jones et al.
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Juan Zapata Olivella (1922–2008) and Edelma Zapata Pérez (1954–2010) celebrated Afro-Colombian history and culture in many ways: not least through their poetry, which is by turns... More > political and intensely personal, at times angry, often mournful, yet resolutely hopeful. The translator, Dr Patricia Rodríguez-Martínez-Jones, is Senior Lecturer and Director of Interpreting Studies in the Department of Languages, Translation & Interpreting at Swansea University (Wales, UK).< Less
Revolutionary Dreams - From Chile to Wales By José Cifuentes
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José Cifuentes was a student in Chile in 1970 when Salvador Allende became President, leading the world's first democratically elected socialist government. José and his partner, as... More > student activists, worked to help poor people improve their lives. But a military coup on 11 September 1973, supported by the USA, put an end to ordinary Chileans' hopes for a fairer society. The brutal dictatorship of General Pinochet hunted down all opposition. Thousands were detained with no legal process, abused and tortured, in many cases killed or disappeared without trace. José was imprisoned and tortured, then spent years on the run. He and María Cristina worked for the Committee for Peace and the Vicarage of Solidarity, organisations which documented human rights abuses and supported victims' families. When the danger grew too great, in 1977 they and their baby daughter Rocío were lucky to find sanctuary abroad ... in Wales. This is José's story, in his own words.< Less
Sueños Revolucionarios By José Hernán Cifuentes
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José Hernán/Tolo Cifuentes iniciaba sus veinte años cuando en Chile comenzaba a levantarse una esperanza revolucionaria por una sociedad más justa. En 1970, Salvador... More > Allende fue elegido Presidente y lideraba el gobierno de la Unidad Popular. Tolo y su compañera María Cristina se entregaron para apoyar a los pobres para mejorar sus condiciones de vida a través de su lucha por un techo, pán y justicia social. Sin embargo, el 11 de Septiembre de 1973, un Golpe militar puso fín a sus esperanzas y sueños. Tolo y María Cristina fueron unos de los primeros trabajadores del Comité Pro Paz y de la Vicaría de la Solidaridad, las únicas organizaciones en donde era posible en aquel entonces denunciar violaciones a los derechos humanos. Finalmente, el peligro se hizo mayor. Junto a su hija recién nacida Rocío del Trigal fueron unos de los pocos que tuvieron la suerte de encontrar asilo en el extranjero - en 1977 llegaron al país de Gales en el Reino Unido. Esta es la historia de Tolo, en sus propias palabras.< Less
Asylum By Eric Ngalle Charles
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ASYLUM is a documentary drama based on the stories of asylum seekers in Wales. We have seen the boat images, the dead mothers and fathers, the children dying face down in the water. But what... More > happens when someone makes it to the UK? Many asylum seekers suffer from severe mental health problems. Many have contemplated suicide, many live a ghostlike existence. Many are destitute. Those who have the misfortune of not having their story believed by the Home Office, which is more often than not, rely on miniscule help from charities, and the kindness of strangers. ERIC NGALLE CHARLES fled Cameroon and spent years as an illegal immigrant in Russia before making it to the UK where he claimed asylum. He is a poet, dramatist and novelist and runs Black Entertainment Wales.< Less
Zola's Story By Zola Gidi
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Zola Gidi came to the UK from South Africa with her boyfriend in 1991. By 1997, she was settled in Swansea, Wales, with a job, a flat and the medical care she needed. Suddenly the Home Office... More > threatened her with deportation. Zola's many friends in Swansea rallied round. The local paper, the South Wales Evening Post campaigned for her right to stay. Charities including Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group, the Immigration Advisory Service, and Asylum Justice, made sure she got the expert legal advice she needed to fight the Home Office decision. Zola was finally allowed to stay, though only after difficult years of uncertainty, insecurity and fear. In this book she tells her story in her own words. She tells how eventually she was able to take British Citizenship, at a moving ceremony, and then was able to travel to see her family in South Africa, for the first time in many years, no longer fearful that she would not be let back into the UK. Zola's story: sometimes, kindness and friendship do win!< Less