Syrian stitching

Syrian stitching

  The women from Syria are becoming close friends. We have an increasing closeness. They always smile and laugh, whilst you know full well there is a daily struggle and background of loss. I am struck by their hospitality and openness. Here they invite us to...
Southampton group stitching

Southampton group stitching

  In stitching we have made a common ground, we do not need to speak and yet we do while stitching.  The women are modest and say they can’t stitch or that their stitching isn’t good. But they do stitch and produce beautiful work. Some watch. I want...

Textile chat

I have been meeting with a group of Syrian women each week since the summer. This group was initiated by Stella Charman. These remarkable women have taught me much through their conversation. They are with families who are making new lives in the UK. This is  a short...
The Olive Tree, Europe and refugees

The Olive Tree, Europe and refugees

  We are having many conversations in the City Space Here are some thoughts from Christopher Gordon The Olive Tree, Europe and refugees Thought to have originated in Phoenicia (equivalent today to Syria/Palestine/Lebanon/SE Turkey), the olive is a precious gift...
August Reflections

August Reflections

A few thoughts from Alice’s diary Thursday 3rd August 2017 Today on the radio was Crossing Continents. The BBC correspondent Mike Thomson described the siege of East Aleppo and the advance of Syrian government forces on the rebel-held area. Through his intermittent...
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