Resilience Festival: Lunchtime Reading Group

Start: 2022-06-22 13:00:00 UTC Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (GMT+00:00)

End: 2022-07-13 13:00:00 UTC Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (GMT+00:00)

This is a virtual event

Migrants Organise is a registered charity based in London. Under our Community Programme we provide ongoing and holistic support to vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers in the UK.

This Summer, our Community Programme will be running our second Resilience Festival. During the festival, we will be running different events and activities, both online and in person, around the theme of resilience. The festival started last year during COVID-19 as a way to connect the people under our Community Programme positively (members, staff, volunteers and other supporters)

As part of this year's festival, Migrants Organise is proud to announce our lunchtime reading group.

Every Wednesday, from 22 June - 13 July, we will be joined by a different author to discuss a piece chosen by the author on the theme of resilience.

Please choose the session you would like to attend on the right.

This event is free but we would be grateful for your support on our 2022 London Legal Walk fundraising to support the provision of advice and casework. Please donate here!

Please note: Reading materials will be sent out one week before each event and zoom links will be sent out the day before and the morning of the event.

Any questions please contact

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 at 1pm – Will Ashon

Will Ashon is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and for film and television, as well as a former music journalist and the founder of Big Dada Recordings, who released records from Roots Manuva, Young Fathers and Kae Tempest amongst many others.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 at 1pm – Max Porter

Max Porter is the author if The Death of Francis Bacon, praised as ‘a miniature masterpiece’ and ‘a feat of empathy, imagination and literary brio’. His Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller Lanny was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize and the 2019 Wainwright Prize, shortlisted for the 2019 Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for both Waterstones and Foyles Book of the Year 2019. It has sold in twenty-three territories. His first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. It has been sold in thirty-one territories. Complicité and Wayward’s production of the Grief is the Thing with Feathers directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cilian Murphy was performed in Dublin, London and New York. He frequently collaborates with artists and musicians. His most recent project is All of this Unreal Time, which premiered at Manchester International Festival in July 2021. Max lives in Bath with his family.

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 at 1pm – Tice Cin

Tice Cin is an interdisciplinary artist from north London. A London Writers Award-winner, her work has been published by Extra Teeth and Skin Deep and commissioned by places like Battersea Arts Centre and St Paul’s Cathedral. An alumnus of Barbican Young Poets, she now creates digital art as part of Design Yourself – a collective based at the Barbican Centre – exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything. A producer and DJ, she is releasing an EP, Keeping the House, to accompany her debut novel of the same name.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022 at 1pm – Miranda Gold

Miranda’s first novel, Starlings, published by Karnac in December 2016, reaches back through three generations to explore how the impact of untold stories about the Holocaust ricochets down the years. In The Tablet, Sue Gaisford described Starlings as “a strange, sad, original and rather brilliant first novel, illumined with flashes of glorious writing and profound insight.” Starlings was reprinted by Sphinx Books in 2019.

Gold’s second novel, A Small Dark Quiet is a story of loss, migration and the search for belonging, described by Susanna Crossman in Litro as a story of “the banal, yet ruthless effects of war and trauma on the everyday.” Set in London in 1945, A Small Dark Quiet is a story of unresolved grief and intangible loss, exploring how trauma, both preverbal and intergenerational, collapses the boundaries between past and present. An extract from A Small Dark Quiet was published in The Best Peace Anthology by the University of New Mexico Press in September 2021.

Miranda is a creative writing tutor at Skylight, Crisis. She is collaborating with New River Press and Cheerio Books on an anthology of work by people who have experienced homelessness. Along with John Phipps and Lamorna Ash, Miranda is co-editing the forthcoming literary magazine, No Quarterly.

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