Book Launch - Moving a Country

by Jade Amoli-Jackson

Date: 17th June, 2013
Venue:  White Horse, 153 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch, London N1 6PJ
Time: From 6.30pm (Poetry reading from 7.15pm)
Cost: Free of charge


Jade Amoli-Jackson will be launching her debut collection of poetry and short prose, 'Moving A Country' as part of Refugee Week 2013.
 
Published with support from Platforma arts and refugees network, the collection has been put together with the help of Lucy Popescu, Jade's mentor at the Write to Life project at Freedom From Torture.

“Most of the refugee stories we read about in the media are negative,” says Lucy. “But this wonderful collection of Jade’s work directly challenges the negative press given asylum seekers. Jade’ s courage shines through her writing and pays testament to the strength of the human spirit.”

Jade was born in Northern Uganda, studied journalism and then worked as a sports reporter on Uganda Television/Radio, national and local papers. After her husband, sister and father were killed during a period of internal conflict she escaped from military captivity and sought refuge in England in July 2001. Her children had been taken from her and are still missing in Uganda.
 
Jade's poems tell stories of life growing up in rural Uganda, and then of the brutal conflict and violence that so many people experienced. Her writing also provides an extraordinary insight into the process of seeking asylum in the UK and of making London her new home. She also writes about those people who helped her: solicitors, charities and volunteers. For the past eight years Jade has been a volunteer herself. “I have been a volunteer at the Refugee Council since July 2005,” Jade says. “I have friends there who are like my dear family.”
 
Moving A Country by Jade Amoli-Jackson will be available to buy as a book and e-book from June 2013. For more information visit www.jadeamolijackson.weebly.com
 
The book launch on 17th June is free and open to all. If possible please RSVP to tom@counterpointsarts.org.uk
 
About Platforma

Platforma arts and refugees network supports and develops arts by and about refugees. It is a project run by the charity Counterpoints Arts and has a network of partner organisations in each of the English regions.
 
It brings together groups and artists of any background or political status (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees both before and after they arrived
and settled in their host country.
 
We hope that the quality and diversity of the work presented within the Platforma project will encourage new audiences to relate more closely and empathetically to the experiences of refugees.