WAST DEC- 2013 PUBLICATION
PAST PRESENT FUTURE ;
WAST WOMEN WRITING
This collection represents work written by members of a writing class held at WAST between 2010 and 2013. The class grew out of some English language classes when our volunteer tutors realised that many of the WAST members had learnt good colloquial English quite quickly but had little experience in or opportunity for writing. Yet they would need this if they got their Leave To Remain and wanted to rebuild their lives, get a good job, perhaps retrain or continue an education interrupted by their flight to seek safety.
This is a remarkable book. The women who write in it were terrorised in their countries of origin and then silenced in the windowless world of the UK asylum system. But here, in these pages, they give voice. …. Take this book home and marvel, as I did, at the achievements of the women whose resilience and humanity brought it into being.
WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together) continues to give women asylum seekers a chance to be heard, believed, respected and valued, which is ultimately empowering and healing. It also gives a chance for the many talents and skills of its members to be recognised and celebrated. This collection of creative writing is a fine illustration of the talent that lies within the group.
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