Literature

Sharing stories is a big part of what Journeys Festival International enables - be that through art, music or performance. Books, storytelling and creative writing activities all form an important part of our programme. We are constantly on the look out for new and interesting resources that help children and young people, as well as adults, understand the refugee experience. 

The Travelling Library

At our Festivals we provide a selection of reading materials - suitable for a variety of ages - in our Travelling Library area. A space to sit and quietly reflect.

You can find a list of the books we have sourced so far below.

The Travelling Library - Titles

Children:

 

My Name is not Refugee 

Written and illustrated by Kate Milner 

Their town is no longer safe anymore. Leaving will be sad, but quite exciting too. The journey will be long, but Mum will be there every step of the way. 

Kindly donated by: Barrington Stoke 

The Jasmine Sneeze 

Nadine Kaadan 

Haroun, the cat, sleeps in the sunlit courtyards of Damascus, but hates the smell of Jasmine. He tries to fix this which angers the Jasmine spirit. Sheds a welcome light onto Syria's long and proud cultural heritage in a period of history marred by war.

Kindly donated by: Nadine Kaadan 

Four Feet Two Sandals

Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed, illustrated by Doug Chayka

"Four Feet, Two Sandals" explores the incredible strength, hope and courage which refugee children have despite their lives being overshadowed by uncertainty and fear.

Kindly donated by: Karen Lynn Williams (Author)

The Colour of Home 

Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Karin Littlewood

The story of Hassan, a young immigrant from Somalia. Life in his new home in England seems gray. However, as the story progresses, colour begins to reenter his life. 

Kindly donated by: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

My Name Is Sangoel

Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed, illustrated by Catherine Stock

Sangoel is a refugee, he fled his home of Sudan and arrived in the United States, he feels overwhelmed, homesick and like he is losing his identity. But he finds an ingenious way to overcome these challenges and begins to feel at home. 

Kindly donated by: Karen Lynn Williams (Author)

Dreams of Freedom – In words and Pictures

Amnesty International

A collection of words and pictures to illustrate Freedom - Every Child has a right to Freedom

Kindly donated by: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

 

We Are All Born Free – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

Amnesty International

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights beautifully illustrated by a collection of international renowned artists.

Kindly donated by: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Nadine Dreams Of Home

Bernard Ashley

Nadine is scared of London, and scared for her father, who didn’t get out of Goma with her family. But then Nadine finds a photo from home, and she begins to dream again.

Kindly donated by: Barrington Stoke

Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup 

Ross Frowen & Claire Steele, illustrated by Pip Morris 

Henry finds his smile again helping to prepare 10,000 bowls of soup each day for the hungry and displaced who found themselves far from home, washed up on the beaches of Greece. 

Kindly donated by: Ross Frowen & Claire Steele (Authors) 

Young Adults:

Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord 

Bessora, illustrated by Barroux, translated by Sarah Ardizzone

A graphic novel by French author and illustrator duo, about Alpha, a young refugee who flees his home in Abidjan for Paris. 

Kindly donated by: Barrington Stoke 

A Dangerous Crossing 

Jane Mitchell 

Ghalib doesn’t want to leave his home, but Syria has become too dangerous, and his family has no choice but to flee. Together they start their journey that leads them through dark and dangerous places. 

Kindly donated by: Jane Mitchell (Author)

Tender Earth

Sita Brahmachari

Can the reappearance of Nana Josie's Protest Book and the spirit it releases in Laila, her friends and her local community, help Laila find her own voice and discover what she truly believes in?

Kindly Donated by: Macmillan Children's Books

Lightless Sky

Gulwali Passarlay

The incredible true story of a boy fleeing his country and the perilous journey he took to find safety in Britain.

Kindly donated by: Gulwali Passarlay (Author)

Welcome to Nowhere 

Elizabeth Laird 

Twelve-year-old Omar was raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. All her wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman. But when his older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes.

Kindly Donated by: Macmillan Children's Books

Looking At The Stars

Jo Cotterill

Amina's homeland is ravaged by war- her family torn apart- she must travel with her mother and sister to a refugee camp. Many challenges lie ahead but can her imgintation get her through?

Kindly donated by: Penguin Random House

Young Adults:

Red Leaves

Sita Brahmachari

Aisha is a thirteen- year old refugee living in London. She is happy for the first time since fleeing her war-torn home. But her foster mother announces that she must move to a new family, feeling rejected and abandoned, Aisha runs away, hiding in the nearby woods.
Kindly donated by: Macmillan Children's Books

Hidden

Miriam Halahmy 

A story about a teenager who finds a refugee washed up on the beach- she must choose between right and wrong. She holds the refugee’s fate in her hands what will she do? 

Kindly donated by: Miriam Halahmy (Author) 

Dreaming of Home

Hong Dam

A visual story about Hong Dam’s childhood memories, dreams and feelings of hope as a child who fled her homeland.

Kindly donated by: Hong Dam (Author)

Adults :

Welcome to Leicester

Edited by Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa
An anthology of 101 poems which explore issues around being a refugee.

Kindly donated by: Emma Lee (writer and editor)

The Go-Away Bird 

Warren FitzGerald

A powerful, heart-wrenching story of friendship and love. Clementine is a refugee from Rwanda and Ashley is a troubled singing teacher from London, they become friends and nothing is ever the same again. 

Kindly donated by: Harper Collins UK 

Cast Away

Charlotte McDonald-Gibson 

​Following the fates of five individuals fleeing war and persecution, offering a vivid glimpse into the personal dilemmas, pressures, choices and hopes that lie beneath the headlines. 

Kindly donated by: Granta Books & Portabello Books

City Of Thorns – Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Ben Rawlence

In City of Thorns, Rawlence tells the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the one of the world’s largest refugee camps and to explore the wider political forces that trap the refugees there.

Kindly donated by: Granta Books

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Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes

Eight short stories explore the the refugee crisis through fiction, with humour, insight and empathy. 

Kindly donated by: Peirene Press 

Vanished

Ahmed Masoud 

What does it take to discover the truth? Betrayal? Deception? Risking one's own life? Omar Ouda did it all. A fictional story set agaisnt the political unrest in Palestine, following a young boy trying to find his father. 

Kindly donated by: Ahmed Masoud (Author) 

Refugee Tales I and II 

Edited by David Herd and Anna Pincus 

A modern day version of the Canterbury Tales. Rather than a spiritual pilgrimage, these are fourteen refugee stories, from real life, of survival. 

Kindly donated by: Comma Press

Black and White and Other New Short Stories from Malaysia

Edited by Emma Dawson & Macdonald Daly 

Short stories around the theme of "One Malaysia", from almost every perspective conceivable. Exploring experiences of disenchantment, hope, struggle and social change. Part of the World Englishes Literature series.

Kindly donated by: Jet Stone Publishers 

Butterfly Dreams and Other New Short Stories from Uganda

Edited by Emma Dawson 

A series of short stories from Uganda, showcasing the work of new writers. Part of the World Englishes Literature series.

Kindly donated by: Jet Stone Publishers 

Daughters of Eve and Other New Short Stories from Nigeria 

Edited by Emma Dawson 

A series of short stories from Nigeria, showcasing the work of new writers. Part of the World Englishes Literature series.

Kindly donated by: Jet Stone Publishers 

The Spirit Machine and Other New Short Stories from Cameroon

Edited by Emma Dawson

A series of short stories from Cameroon, showcasing the work of new writers. Part of the World Englishes Literature series.

Kindly donated by: Jet Stone Publishers 

Man of the House and Other New Short Stories from Kenya

Edited by Emma Dawson 

A series of short stories from Kenya, showcasing the work of new writers. Part of the World Englishes Literature series.

Kindly donated by: Jet Stone Publishers 

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