Support 'Stories of Home' refugee creative writing programme

A project by: Afrikult. Team



from 10 donors

This project received pledges on Sat 31 Aug 2019
Creative writing and African literature workshops for refugees and asylum-seekers living in London.

What is ‘Stories of Home’?

‘Stories of Home’ is a literary programme offered to displaced people living in London with an opportunity to workshop African literature and write their own creative pieces in response to the literature as well as to their own experiences. After the half-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with an editor over the course of a few months to edit their creative pieces which would then be published in the ‘Stories of Home’ digital anthology. The anthology will be launched at an exclusive Afrikult. event, and the participants will be invited to attend and read their published piece (in its original language and translated). The programme is free for participants including a stipend offered for public transportation, lunch provided and an Afrikult. take-away bag gifted on the workshop days.

Our main focus with ‘Stories of Home’ is to capture why and how literature matters within hard-to-reach communities. From our work with schools and the general public, we recognise workshops are instrumental in encouraging a wider discussion of literature and how it impacts each and every one of us. Specifically, in targeting communities and groups of people who are largely marginalised, we aim to showcase work where our participants will be able to freely engage and identify with some of the issues explored; thereby building a bridge for dialogue and expression and perhaps most significantly with this audience, the sharing of interpretations. Also through the digital anthology we aim to continue the discussion around literature, migration and immigration online with a #StoriesofHome campaign.

Supporting the programme so far…

We're not the only ones who see the value of 'Stories of Home', we've received a generous offer of support from our following partners and organisations who want to be involved.

  • Venue and catering support-in-kind from SOAS, University of London , in association with SOAS Alumni, on Monday 18 June;
  • Communications and venue support-in-kind from Free Word on Friday 22 June;
  • Communications support from English PEN ;
  • Donation of daytime weekend festival tickets for Africa Writes 2018 ;
  • Book donations for the Afrikult. tote bag from publishers and booksellers;
  • Refugee centres and organisations support in signing up participants for the programme

We felt it was important to launch the programme during National Refugee Week and add to the diverse range of social activities offered in that time. After not receiving initial funding to lift this off the ground, we decided to go ahead in delivering the workshops , while also taking the plunge in launching this crowdfunder because we strongly believe in the value of this programme. This crowdfunder will cover the costs of translators and interpreters, contents for the take-away bags, anthology editor and designer fee, transport stipend for the participants, refreshments and seed money for the 2019 programme, all amounting to £2,050.

When will this take place?

Both half-day workshops are scheduled for Monday 18 June and Friday 22 June. From the months of July - October, the editor will work with the participants on crafting their pieces for the digital anthology. The funding received from the crowdfunding will be used to cover costs for the workshop dates, subsequent programme meetings between the writers and editor, the production of the digital anthology and seed money for next year’s programme.

Who are you?

Afrikult. is a literary organisation that has been running for nearly four years and works to promote, discuss and celebrate African literatures while widening its access to public audiences. You can read more of our story here and follow us on Twitter , Instagram and Facebook as @afrikult.

Where will the money go?

  • Translators and Blind Sign Language Interpreters for the workshop and editorial process of the digital anthology (£600);
  • Take-away bags for participants including tote bag and bookmarks (£150);
  • Editor fee (£450); Illustrator/Designer fee (£150);
  • Travel cost of participants (£200);
  • Refreshments for Free Word workshop (£200);
  • Sub-total is £1,750
  • Seed money for 2019 programme (£300)
  • TOTAL IS £2,050.00

Make Stories of Home a reality!

If you are in a position where you can donate to the programme, it would go a tremendous way in supporting the community work we do. Please help us promote the programme as widely as possible and if you are interested in being involved in the programme itself, drop us a line on Thank you!