Poetry Slam for Refugee Week

Mark Niel: Poetry Slam guest

Mark Niel: Poetry Slam guest

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Creative youngsters at the Milton Keynes Academy are turning to the spoken word to celebrate the positive contribution that refugees bring to the area.

A poetry event, organised by The British Red Cross, is being held to mark this year’s Refugee Week at the Academy on Thursday.

The ‘poetry slam’ will showcase the writing and reciting talents of city students as they bring poetry to life and highlight the contribution refugees make to life in the UK.

Pupils are being encouraged to examine the world around them, confront popular misconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers and better understand why people seek sanctuary.

Local poet, playwright and storyteller Yaw Asiyama will also perform his latest story ‘Asibi Asibi. Girl, Stolen’ – a moving tribute to the tragic story of a girl trafficked from Ghana to England.

Milton Keynes Poet Laureate Mark Niel will read a poem and Mayor Cllr Brian White will attend.

Rose Haines, Red Cross service manager for refugee services said: “This is going to be a fantastic event and we’re all really excited about hearing the poetry created by the young people.”

She added: “This is an exciting opportunity for people in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area to come together as a community for an interesting and important cause.”

The Poetry Slam begins at 7pm at Milton Keynes Academy, Fulwoods Drive, Leadenhall.

Tickets are free and can be downloaded at www.worldrefugeeday-mk.eventbrite.co.uk.

To reserve a ticket or for more information contact Suzy Elliott via selliott@redcross.org.uk or call MK 578 323.