This is a moving, heartbreaking and uplifting collection of stories and poems by women from all around the world who have two things in common – the experience of violence, loss, grief, material insecurity and the desire to come out at the other end, intact, if a little ragged at the edges; and trying to make England their home with varying degrees of success.
The survivors’ group at Southall Black Sisters have spent six months writing their stories in the company of Rahila Gupta.
Responding to these stories with new writings of their own are magnificent writers like Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy and Miss Yankey. This is a literary conversation like no other between two groups of black and minority women, divided by privilege but possibly united by the experience of violence.
“Beautiful roller coaster of emotions, listening with our heart.”
“Thank you for sharing and this will be great for spoken words.”
“Very glad I came – very heart-warming hearing everyone’s stories. Keep up the good work.”
“Deeply moving. Thank you.”
“We had a great time thank you.”
“It was very inspirational, motivating and some were relatable.”
“I was very glad to see how strong n brave the women were reading about their lives n how everyone was supporting each other.”
Edited by Rahila Gupta
Published by Southall Black Sisters