Wakefield City of Sanctuary Writing Competition 2018
First Prize £100
‘Birds Without Sky’
‘We are citizens without a homeland
Hunted like birds without sky’
These are lines from a poem by Malka Al-Haddad. Malka is a poet, an academic, a human rights activist and an Iraqi Asylum Seeker. Her poems express longing for her home and explore the experience of her exile.
What does sanctuary, home, a place to belong and to find safety, mean to you? This competition is a chance to express your ideas and feelings – and, if chosen, to be published in a City of Sanctuary pamphlet
City of Sanctuary is a national movement to offer a welcome and support to those who have fled war, poverty and oppression. We offer the hand of friendship and practical help to many who otherwise are destitute and alone.
The entry form for you to submit your poem or lines of prose is below.
All finds raised go to the Asylum Seekers Support Fund. The fund offers support to refused asylum seekers, struggling asylum seekers and new refugees who become destitute.
We gratefully acknowledge:
bird drawings, used on this web site, by kind permission of Mo Barrangi.
lines from “Homeland” – by Malka al-Haddad from her book ‘Birds without Sky’