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“Write here, sanctuary” Creative writing for refugees and people seeking asylum

Stickley, Theodore; Hui, Ada M.L.; Stubley, Michelle; Baker, Francesca; Watson, Michael Craig

Authors

Theodore Stickley

ADA HUI Ada.Hui@nottingham.ac.uk
Assistant Professor

Michelle Stubley

Francesca Baker

Michael Craig Watson



Abstract

Background
There are few research studies reporting findings from creative writing groups amongst refugees and people seeking asylum. This study evaluates the educational, wellbeing, social and satisfaction outcomes of writing groups across three cities in the UK.
Methods
This study employs a mixed-method design comprising: a thematic analysis of writers’ (facilitators) diaries, demographic and satisfaction survey and 14 qualitative interviews.
Results
The project delivered a creative writing programme for refugees and people seeking asylum in three UK cities. This evaluation has determined that it provided both educational and wellbeing outcomes for 144 attendees. Participants asserted that they had improved their English language and wellbeing. Satisfaction was extremely high across the cities. Participants reported increased confidence and an increased sense of hope.
Conclusions
Professionally-led creative writing groups may be effective in enabling people to help come to terms with past experiences and find ways of coping for the future.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice
Print ISSN 1753-3015
Electronic ISSN 1753-3023
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Stickley, T., Hui, A. M., Stubley, M., Baker, F., & Watson, M. C. (in press). “Write here, sanctuary” Creative writing for refugees and people seeking asylum. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2018.1494450
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2018.1494450
Keywords Asylum seekers; Creative writing; Refugees; Wellbeing
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17533015.2018.1494450
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Arts & Health on 12/07/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/17533015.2018.1494450

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