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Writing Wales Differently: A Home for Refugees


Grant Holders: Prof Terry Threadgold and Dr John Jewell

Funder: Department for International Development (DFID)

Based at: Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC)

This DFID funded project was carried out in 2002 and involved creative writing workshops, training in media literacy skills, writing for journalism and performance in five different school classrooms in Swansea and Newport, each for a period of six to eight weeks. Dr. John Jewell and Prof. Terry Threadgold carried out the research with the assistance of Ms. Jiang, Xinyi and three refugees/asylum seekers: Dr. Jack Mpanje, Martin Mondeh and Eric Charles who went with the researchers into the classrooms as story-tellers and teachers to challenge some of the stereotypes about asylum seekers and to provide the content and skills for new kinds of writing and performance. A website is currently being built to record the work of this project and a number of publications are forthcoming. The research was presented, with the assistance of asylum seekers, at the British Council Sense of Place (media day) conference in Cardiff in November 2003.