Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents readings from the anthology, Poetry and Settled Status for All (CivicLeicester, 2022).
Published in January this year, the anthology is inspired by and builds on how, around the world, campaigners are asking governments to give Settled Status, Indefinite Leave to Remain and humane pathways to citizenship to all in their jurisdictions who need such status.
Poetry and Settled Status for All presents 114 poems and short prose pieces from 97 writers from around the world exploring themes that include lived experience of migration, refugee and undocumented migrant experiences, and the hostile environment.
The anthology is dedicated to "all who have left the place they were born to find home elsewhere, to those who support them, and to peace and community activist extraordinaire Penny Walker (1950-2021)" and features contributions from seasoned writers with many publications to their names alongside emerging voices.
Poets reading at the event include: Sandra Agard, Jim Aitken, Janine Booth, A.C Clarke, Mark Connors, Alice Herve, Kevin Jackson, Margaret Kiernan, Ambrose Musiyiwa, Lytisha Tunbridge, Gail Webb, and Kimmika L. H. Williams-Witherspoon. Also speaking at the event is Korrine Sky, who was a second year medical student in Ukraine before the war broke out and is calling for scholarships and support packages for African students whose studies have been disrupted by the war in Ukraine.