Out Of Place / Far From Here
A creative writing project between children in Tower Hamlets and Syria
Out of Place / Far from Here was a pilot project with a vision to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in schools in London for new arrivals, as well as providing a platform for children in Syria to tell their story to an empathic audience.
The project built on the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service’s annual creative writing competition for Key Stages 2-5, and extended the competition to schools based in Syria, leading to a bi-lingual Arabic-English publication for and by children.
The publication created is a collation of the winning contributions from both the Syrian and British cohorts, real and imagined, was distributed to participating schools in Tower Hamlets and Syria, with a view to engage pupils in a process of reading, discussing, interpreting and analysing the contributions of their counterparts, using tried and tested Global Learning methodology.
We also delivered storytelling performances and workshops inspired by the publication as part of the British Museum’s Refugee weekend.