Live poetry hits St Andrews Square Gardens for Refugee Week

 

 

 

 

Media release and Photo call

 

Live poetry hits St Andrews Square Gardens for Refugee Week

Refugee Week Scotland stages lunchtime poems on the theme of HOME
at St Andrew Square Garden

 

HOME: Poetry in St Andrew Square Garden

Thursday June 18th, 1pm

 

What does ‘HOME’ mean to you? That’s the question that poets from around the world will be asking at Home: Poetry in St Andrew Square on Thursday June 18th, 1pm, one of 18 events in Edinburgh and the Lothians during Refugee Week Scotland’s biggest-ever programme.

 

The event, co-ordinated by Scottish Poetry Library, will be hosted by the library’s reader in residence, Ryan Van Winkle, who will guide people through the poetry on display in St Andrew Square Poetry Garden, introduce them to some new poems and even help them create some verse of their own.

 

A poetry installation, which is also themed around home will be on display throughout Refugee Week – which runs from June 15-21 – in the Poetry Garden.

 

The events tie-in with the ‘HOME’ theme of Refugee Week Scotland 2009, which in this year of Homecoming, asks Scots to think of those forced to flee their home and seek refuge – and a new home – in Scotland.

 

Abbie Wallace, Refugee Week Coordinator, said: “This year’s programme is the biggest we have ever seen in Scotland. It’s a sign that more and more people are keen to take part in Refugee Week and we hope that as many people as possible come along to the events on offer to meet new people and enjoy music, film, art and performances.”

 

Contact Clare Harris/ Karin Goodwin, Media and Communications Officers

0141 223 7927

07734 030 763

media@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

 

 

Over 100 diverse arts, cultural and sporting events will take place across Scotland to mark this year’s Refugee Week, taking place from June 15-21. Download it here: http://www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/Ref_Week_Prog

 

For more information go to www.refugeeweek.org.uk/scotland

Check out and pass on our HOME video at

www.youtube.com/RefugeeWeekScotland

 

 

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Notes to Editors

 

  1. Refugee Week Scotland is coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk and is a partner event with Homecoming Scotland.

 

  1. Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week 2009 will take place from 15th to 21st June.

 

  1. The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.

 

Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.

 

 

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