The Belonging Project is a creative writing project considering flight, journey, assimilation and belonging alongside the experiences of refugees and migrants.
The project worked with school aged children in Edinburgh, Fife and Dumfries and Galloway, young women and adult women who have experienced violence (through Young Saheliya and Shakti Women’s Aid, respectively), refugees and migrants at Maryhill Integration Network, long-term prisoners at HMP Dumfries, the socially disadvantaged (at the Grassmarket Community Project and Bethany Christian Trust), a group of disengaged youth at Prince’s Trust, a group of librarians from across Scotland (through the CILIPS conference) and a group of LGBT+ community writers. The project also included public sessions at locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow, including at Glasgow Women’s Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library, the Scottish Portrait Gallery, Jupiter Artland and groups through the Coastword and StAnza festivals.
I also prepared and published a pamphlet of work from the group from Glasgow Women’s Library and Maryhill Integration network, showcasing that work in a reading at GWL during Refugee Week Scotland with participants from both groups doing the readings.
The work and ideas stemming from the project have been presented at readings all over Scotland, but particularly at Wigtown Book Festival, Dundee Literary Festival, StAnza, Coastword and the Glasgow Women’s Library.
A reading of work from the project is scheduled on Saturday 2 Sept at 10:15am as part of Callander’s Poetry Weekend
The writing group at the Glasgow Women’s Library will continue into the autumn on the first Tuesday of the month (book through Glasgow Women’s Library).
Stay tuned for further opportunities through the project!