Between the 23rd and the 27th of February Norwich City of Refuge will offer young people a chance to participate in the Shahrazad Letters to Europe project. The project will enable them to share what they have to say about the future of our country, of Europe, and the way we live together. Young people will be working with writers from this country and abroad, they will have the chance to think and write about their village, school or town and how where they live has been influenced by the movement of people across the world. Together with the writers George Szirtes, Lisa D’Onofrio and Helen Ivory, they will work on a series of ‘Letters to Europe’ that will represent the young people of Norfolk, England and Britain as part of this international project.
Through these letters they will be able to express their feelings and thoughts on a range of issues including their hopes for the future of Europe, European identity, Europe as a home and place of belonging, Europe as an entity that supports those that seek sanctuary from human rights abuses.
Students from each of the four participating schools will then also be given the opportunity to create 2 minute long digital stories exploring the different matters their letters cover. The BBC is supporting this initiative and will be delivering the digital story workshop sessions for the young people involved. A selection of the digital stories created will be screened throughout Refuge Week (15th -21st of June) at the BBC venue at the Forum alongside films created by other Cities of Refuge (Stockholm, Stavangar and Barcelona).