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Counterpoints Arts

Thursday 17 June 2021

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm




Counterpoints Arts and Schools of Sanctuary





Children and Young People, Featured, Literature


Authors Michael Rosen and Sita Brahmachari share stories and poems inspired by people on the move

Join authors Michael Rosen and Sita Brahmachari in conversation with Sanchita Basu De Sarkar at this special online event for Refugee Week, recommended for children aged nine and over.

The two authors will read extracts from their books and answer questions from audience members of all ages.

Much-loved author Michael Rosen writes with frankness and heart about some of humanity’s most difficult experiences, including in ‘Many Different Kinds of Love’, written after his near-death experience with Covid-19, and ‘The Missing’, a study of the fate of his father’s uncles in World War Two.

His children's books about migration include ‘On the Move’, a deeply personal poetry collection about migration and displacement. Rosen features in the ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ portrait series, shot by acclaimed photographer Misan Harriman for Refugee Week 2021.

Sita Brahmachari’s upcoming book ‘Swallow’s Kiss’ is an uplifting story that explores the common threads that connect our communities, inspired by Barhmachari’s experience as artist-in-residence at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, along with the book’s illustrator Jane Ray. Swallow’s Kiss is published by Pop Up on 24 June.

Sanchita Basu De Sarkar is the owner of the Children’s Bookshop in Muswell Hill.

This event is hosted by Counterpoints Arts and Schools of Sanctuary, with support from BookTrust.

Visit the Eventbrite page to book your free place.

The event will be held on Zoom and only the speakers will be visible. A link will be sent out shortly before the event.

We recommend that children are accompanied by an adult.

About the hosts:

Counterpoints Arts is a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change. It supports and produces the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their contributions are recognised and welcomed. Counterpoints Arts coordinates Refugee Week in the UK, an annual festival celebrating the contributions of refugees, 14-20 June.

Schools of Sanctuary is a growing network of more than 300 primary and secondary schools committed to supporting the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Schools of Sanctuary is part of City of Sanctuary UK.

BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity and reaches millions of children every year with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading. Sign up to one of BookTrust's newsletters for families and educators here.

 Refugee Week Family Event: Michael Rosen and Sita Brahmachari image