Creative Writing Tutor Lucy Popescu goes to Westminster


A Christmas present to Members of Parliament hopes to change the tone of the debate on refugees and seeks a more compassionate response to a worldwide problem.

On Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 11.15 – 1pm at an event in the House of Commons, MPs will be given a copy of A Country of Refuge.  This book, edited by human rights activist and writer Lucy Popescu, includes newly commissioned fiction, memoir, poetry and essays by celebrated writers and is intended “to make a positive and vital contribution to the national debate and to foster a kinder attitude towards our fellow humans who are fleeing violence, persecution, poverty or intolerance”.

The event will be supported by Lord Dubs, himself a child refugee who fled the Nazis, many of the writers who have contributed to the book, concerned individuals and refugees. The writers attending include Nick Barlay, Sebastian Barry, Amanda Craig, Sue Gee, AL Kennedy, Marina Lewycka, Hubert Moore, Courttia Newland, Katharine Quarmby, Noo Saro Wiwa, Joan Smith and Roma Tearne.

Says Michaela Fyson “On Sunday 16 October I opened A Country of Refuge which I had just bought.The book immediately struck a chord with me and I felt I must act. Friends came up with the idea of sending a copy to every MP, regardless of party, to read over the Christmas recess. The idea took off and we raised the money to buy the books (with a generous discount from publisher Unbound).  We hope that this will influence MPs to address solutions both at home and internationally in a more positive and humane way

Throughout history people have been forced to flee their homes and we are proud of Britain’s record in providing support and refuge. We believe that our strength is reflected in the way we care for the weakest, amongst whom refugees are perhaps the most vulnerable. We are all demeaned if we fail to act.”michaela-wrapping

Photography Competition

FE Week & me student photography competition 2017 – ENTER NOW


FE Week has once again teamed up with NCFE to find stunning pictures that portray learning in the FE and skills sector, through the eyes of students.

In 2016,  after over 500 submissions, FE Week and competition sponsors NCFE, whittled down the photography students’ entries to the competition down to 10 finalists. You can view last year’s finalists by downloading our finalists PDF – click here

This year there are two categories of entry: photography student and non-photography student.

This year’s prizes will consist of:

Category – Photography student – Nikon D5500  and work shadowing placement with a professional photographer.

Category – Non-photography student – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

The deadline for the annual FE Week and Me student photography competition, in partnership with NCFE  is Jan 6, 2017 at 17:00.

How to enter…

Brief: entrant’s photos need to portray learning in the FE and skills sector, through the eyes of students.. Photos can be taken on any type of digital photography kit. It is as simple as that!

To enter the competition students need to email their entry along with no more than a 100 word description of their photo and why they’ve chosen this shot to no later than January 6, 2017. Entries received later than this date will not be reviewed or considered for short listing.

Entrants need to provide the following information when submitting their photo:


Category entering: photography student or non-photography student

Course studying

College or Learning provider

Email address

Mobile telephone number

Photo description (100 words max.)

Any entries with missing details will not be considered.

Shortlisted entries will be announced on January 20 2017.

Online voting will commence on January 20 2017. 

Voting will close at 17:00 on February 1 2017.

The winner will be announced on February 3 2017.


last years winners: