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On 18 January we are collaborating with Orchestra of St John’s, Somerville College, and Open House Oxford as part of an initiative called Displaced Voices. This is a project which brings together school and university students with professional musicians, community members, refugees and asylum seekers through music and literature, and raises awareness about refugee issues in Oxfordshire through artistic expression.

Join us on Friday 18 January at 5.30pm at Somerville for a FREE event, starting with a panel discussion exploring issues of displacement and the refugee experience. This will be followed by a short performance at 6.30pm across the road at Open House from some Oxford-based writers on their experiences of migration. We will present a brief showcase of poetic voices, reading their work on the subject of displacement, migration and home. This will include short performances from Yousif Qasmiyeh, Nancy Campbell, Mukahang Limbu, Shara Lessley, and Muradi Bakir, sharing their stories of movement in landscapes as far-flung as arctic Greenland and the Syrian civil war, exploring how homes can be left, moved, and made.

This will be followed at 7.30pm by a concert featuring poets from Oxford Spires Academy working with professional musicians to set their poetry to music.

It promisees to be a pretty unforgettable evening of displaced voices, music, and poetry – don’t miss it!

The panel discussion and reception is free but booking is recommended as space is limited, so email principals.office@some.ox.ac.uk to register. For more information and full details, see here: https://www.osj.org.uk/event/displaced-voices-panel-discussion-at-somerville-college-and-open-house-oxford/

The concert following the reception is ticketed and tickets and more information can be found here.

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