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Published to mark Refugee Week 2018: 18th-24th June


Edited by Lucy Popescu


PBO 14th June 2018 | £9.99


“A wake-up call to our blunted humanity” Francesca Simon


“Brilliant… I dare you to read and not feel empathy” Alex Wheatle


“An important book, but also a beautiful one” Anthony McGowan



From the editor of A Country of Refuge comes an anthology on one of the defining issues of the century so far; the vulnerability of refugees and asylum seekers, this time focusing on the fate of children and young adults.
There are tales of home, and missing it; poems about living in refugee camps and the struggle of making new friends; accounts of children confronting prejudice, but also stories of their fortitude, their dreams and aspirations.


Many young refugees have experienced unimaginable horror and endured dangerous journeys. They need our kindness and empathy in order to process their trauma. A Country to Call Home encourages us to build bridges, not walls, and to understand the plight of those seeking a safe place to call home.
The book includes stories, flash fiction, poetry and original artwork from some of our finest children’s writers: Hassan Abulrazzak, David Almond, Moniza Alvi, Sita Brahmachari, Brian Conaghan, Kit de Waal, Miriam Halahmy, Peter Kalu, Judith Kerr, Patrice Lawrence, Michael Morpurgo, Anna Perera, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, S. F. Said and Jon Walter.


Praise for A Country of Refuge:


“Full of powerful writing… Again and again, these writers argue for empathy” TLS


“Moving, poignant, sometimes painful but always enlightening” Literary Review



About Lucy Popescu:


Lucy Popescu is a writer, editor and critic with a background in human rights. She was director of English PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee from 1991 to 2006 and co-edited the PEN anthology, Another Sky. Her book The Good Tourist is about ethical travel and human rights. She volunteers with Freedom from Torture as a creative writing mentor working with refugees. In 2016 she published A Country of Refuge with Unbound. Lucy passionately believes in the power of fiction to promote empathy. She lives in London and is available for interviews, features and events.111

Calthorpe Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden

Sat 19 May @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm


The Calthorpe Project inner city community garden and centre exists to improve the physical and emotional well-being of those who live, work or study in Camden and surrounding areas. As part of the Chelsea Fringe, they  hosted Art in the Garden and the Working Mens College was involved. Ceramics students donated work which was sold to raise funds for the project by ceramics learners Peter Buck, Helen McCormack and Sophia Staves. Jo Aylmer, Ceramics Tutor, ran a air drying clay workshop. Visitors made hanging decorations, small pots and even a clay burrito!

The Calthorpe Project:  258-274 Gray’s Inn Road. London,WC1X 8LH

tel: 020 7837 8019


We are very proud to announce that Annie-Marie Akussah, alumni from The WMC foundation Art and Design Course, has been selected for the New Contemporaries exhibition.

Annie-Marie says:

“Attending Working Mens College was the best decision I made right after sixth form . The foundation course steered me the right way and gave me a strong foundation for my career. I am grateful to all my Tutors, technicians and course mates who made my experience. I was encouraged to experiment and try different things on the course and that has strengthened my practice whiles at University.”

you can see here work here: