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We publish work in many different genres: long and short fiction, memoir and other non-fiction, anthologies, poetry collections and pamphlets. This page shows all our books about Human Rights, especially those by or about Refugees, in reverse chronological order. There are books here too on #Black Lives Matter and about issues in the Third World that are driving the refugee crisis like famine, poverty and conflict.
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Butterfly of the Night

Butterfly of the Night is the English translation of GECE KELEBEGI by Haydar Karatas – a work of historical non-fiction written through the eyes of Haydar's mother when she was 12 years old – a true and utterly heartbreaking family history of the ethnocide that took place around 1939 when the Turkish Republic began the forced homogenisation of the peoples of Anatolia. Translated by Caroline Stockford of the Norwegian PEN Human Rights organisation, the book will launch in August 2021.
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Love Letters - Poland

Love Letters - Poland is a prose and poetry memoir by Anna Maria and Tomasz Mickiewicz, and their friend, Piotr Rogoyski. Anna Maria and Tomasz were lovers, torn apart by the imposition of Martial Law in Poland on the 13th of December 1981. They had to communicate furtively, lest their letters be intercepted by the state security services, which had eyes and ears everywhere. Piotr offered to carry letters between the lovers, highly risky as they were both actively involved in the workers' and students’ resistance movement. Love Letters - Poland will launch in July 2021.

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From Glasgow to Damascus - stories and poems inspired by Syrian refugees

David Forrest is a writer and spoken word artist based in Glasgow. His pamphlet, From Glasgow to Damascus, contains poems and stories inspired by conversations with Syrian friends on the themes of conflict and home. Written at various points over the last eight years, these pieces draw from the perspectives of those most affected by the Syrian War and Europe's refugee crisis.

From Glasgow to Damascus will launch online in May 2021.
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Grave Seas

Hussam Eddin Baramo is a Syrian writer and journalist based in London. His poetry is on the linked themes of Refugees, War, Migration and the Immigration Process. In his poems, Hussam tries to piece together his deep unchanging feelings towards his country. Away from home, in his encounter with the outside world, he conjures up the image of a soldier, a refugee, his father or his brother - his enemy, as if to remind us that he is not alone in this feeling. At once breath-taking in scope and intimately based on his own and other refugees' real experiences, this is a collection not to be missed.

Grave Seas launched online on 18th March 2021 and you can order the collection for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Resistance - Voices of Exiled Writers

The Exiled Writers Ink anthology celebrates 20 years of their meetings and their work to support human rights around the globe. With a passion for justice, Exiled Writers Ink enables refugee writers’ voices to be heard so insights can be gained, not only into the pain suffered by refugees, but also into the complexity of the experiences of writers from diverse regions.

Resistance - Voices of Exiled Writers launched online in December 2020. You can order a copy for £9.99 (excluding postage) from this page. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Those Other Fields

Those Other Fields is a poetry pamphlet by David Punter, Professor of English at Bristol University. These are poems of troubled times, of now: closely observed and shrewdly considered. David Punter calls things out but is never strident. From Poland to Mongolia and back home again to Bristol, these are poems of place where 'the Union Jack's a shroud' and movement with 'dark faces rising on the swell'. In potent images, David reveals the interconnections between our selfishness and greed, and the rising tides of climate change and pollution, the fleeing migrants.

Those Other Fields launched online in July 2020 and you can order the pamphlet for £6.90 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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The World is for Everyone

The writing in this anthology is by members of PAMOJA Women Together – a group of refugee, asylum-seeking and irregular migrant women from a wide range of countries, faiths and backgrounds. PAMOJA means ‘together’ and ‘inclusive’ in Swahili. The World Is For Everyone is not a traditional anthology of writing. It represents the voices, creative contributions and insights – written and spoken – of the PAMOJA Women Together Group, as these emerged through a series of cultural projects organized as part of the Changing Wor(l)ds Project at Nottingham Trent University. This enchanting book is unique and very personal. As well as poems, stories and photographs, there are recipes handed down from mother to daughter, carried right across the world and recreated in the UK as an evocation of their birthplaces. Listen and you will find these women have vital things to say. They speak of courage needed, pain overcome, puzzlement, patience, struggle, rejection and the ultimate triumph of the spirit.

The World is for Everyone launched on International Women's Day, 8th March 2020. You can order the paperback for £9.99 (excluding postage) from this page, or from Amazon ISBN 978-1-911587-27-9. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Algiers: The Poet's Garden

Soleïman Adel Guémar worked as a freelance investigative journalist in Algeria from 1991 until 2002, when he claimed political asylum in the UK. These short stories address the agonies of contemporary Algeria and the survival, despite everything, of dreams of a different world. Translated by Tom Cheesman, and first appearing in Local Therapy by Hafan Books, 2013, they have a “fighter’s edge, a tough beauty.” - Lisa Appignanesi, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. “The short prose works in Algiers: The Poet's Garden bring us to Algeria's black decade of the 1990s. Here language is pared back to a pure economy of expression that allows for the confrontation of madness and reason. The madness of a system that cloaks itself in the reason of law and a countering 'madness' of a utopian hope and vision – the only recourse of those for whom reality has become unreal. In this collection Guemar sounds the depths of a society where justice, law and rules are hollowed out and where people are forced not to dream yet do so, in order as to escape the darkness. Wise, uncompromising, and unsettling these stories explore brutalising limits and look beyond a dystopian present.” - Patrick Crowley, University College Cork.

Algiers: The Poet's Garden launched in November 2019. You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page, or from Amazon ISBN 978-1-911587-29-3. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Welling Up

Welling Up is the first anthology composed of writing submitted to Palewell Press, with selection based on our core values of justice, equality and sustainability. From Fortaleza de Sagres in Portugal where, “Out on the edge of Europe the great fort squats / brooding in the heat,” to generations of forgotten women drawing water from a well in Africa, twenty-eight poets share compassion and anger on the problems facing marginalised and displaced people. To achieve greater justice and equality we also need environmental sustainability and the fifth section looks at Global Warming. Ultimately, though, we can only protect elements of our world that we’re able to describe effectively. Welling Up concludes with lyrical hymns to Nature and her “hidden streams / where your heart / sits up, awake at last, / to pay attention.”

Welling Up launched in October 2019. You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page, ISBN 978-1-911587-26-2 or from Amazon. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Back to Babylon

Back to Babylon, the seventh collection from London-based poet and writer, Agnes Meadows, is based on her visits to Iraq for the Babylon International Festival of Arts & Culture in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and the things she saw there. As well as poetry, Back to Babylon includes the Blog she wrote during her 2012 visit. From convivial jasmine-scented nights in the old city of Babil to the horror and grief at Al-Mawahil with its mass grave of 13,000 disappeared Iraqis, her writing takes the reader ever closer to life in this troubled region.

Back to Babylon launched in October 2019. You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page (plus our Book of the Month 20% discount during January 2021), ISBN 978-1-911587-20-0, or from Amazon. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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The Architect

A radical social treatise about African American gangs in the 21st century. This book is more than just a blueprint for self-transformation and the reconstruction of gang culture. It is also a unique step-by-step guideline that shows gang members themselves how to do it. Craig Ross and Steve Champion’s analysis builds upon – and expands – the work that Crips gang co-founder and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stanley “Tookie” Williams was committed to before his death. The Architect seeks to change the narrative about gang members by providing them with an independent and self-sustaining plan of action and empowerment. This book is the first of its kind. The authors are two well-respected Crips emeritus from Los Angeles, who are now prominent in the criminal justice reform movement. They also reside on death row at San Quentin State Prison. Ross and Champion’s street and prison experience enables them to offer in The Architect authentic, honest dialogue about the problems gang members face and the potential solutions to those problems. The Architect was written for gang members. But anyone working for real community change should read The Architect. The triumph over violence requires extreme responsibility—not just from gang members, but from everyone.

The Architect launched in Los Angeles in September 2019 and a UK launch is being planned. You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page (plus our Book of the Month 20% discount during October 2020), or from Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-14-9. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Testimony of Flight

Jane Spiro's extraordinary collection of poetry and narrative tells stories of forced migration and the consequences which impact years later. The book brings together historical moments and stories from members of Jane's family—starting with her father who left Poland as a 16 year old on Kristallnacht. The content is further illuminated through years of conversations with other migrants and survivors from zones of strife, famine, revolution and war.

Testimony of Flight launched in July 2019. You can order the paperback for £9.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-17-0. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Inside the Blue House

Debut poetry pamphlet by Sonia Jarema that deals with Ukraine's diaspora and its impact on her family. The poetry and its poignant prose introduction take you to uncomfortable places that are lit with extraordinary imagery. Myra Schneider writes: “In these immediate, tightly-controlled poems Sonia Jarema bears poignant testimony to the effects of war and persecution on ordinary people. Sadness and happiness, England and the Ukraine are juxtaposed...Homecoming is a moving celebration of Jarema's first visit to her parents' country where she begins to learn about the past she has comes from. Inside the Blue House is a memorable debut.”

Inside the Blue House was published in April 2019. You can order the pamphlet for £6.90 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-16-3. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Red Winds - a VSO in Tanzania

Red Winds is the third collection from Irma Upex-Huggins, the others being Aloes and Brown Sugar 1991, and Charcoal Woman 1993. The poems and prose in this collection were written as a result of the period Irma spent as a VSO volunteer in Tanzania - working with women's groups in remote villages. They aim to reflect the rhythms and spirit of 'traditional' Tanzania through its harsh beauty, situations and vibrant colours. Irma was born on Antigua and she writes with a Caribbean swing and slang. She will be donating her proceeds from sales of the book to VSO Tanzania to support its work with women.

Red Winds launched in April 2018. You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-07-1. Or download the Kindle verion Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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The Scent of my Skin

The Scent of my Skin is a debut poetry collection from Libyan feminist, Farrah Fray. The poems take an urgent look at the role of women, family relationships and love across Libya, London and all the worlds the poet experiences.

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-1-911587-02-6. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Tutu's Rainbow World - Selected Poems

Joseph Kaifala was born in Sierra Leone and is now a Human Rights lawyer in Washington, USA. But he remains inspired by the beauty of Africa, by her poverty, conflicts and the suffering of her child soldiers. Dedicated to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this book will interest everyone concerned for Africa's future.

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon, ISBN 978-0-9955351-8-3. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Tiger and Clay - Syria Fragments

A moving collection of poetry and memoir by Rana Abdulfattah, a young Syrian woman writing in exile in Istanbul. In the collection, Rana charts the destructive effects of never being permitted to go home, and takes the reader on her emotional journey towards a measure of peace

You can order the paperback for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon, ISBN 978-0-9955351-2-1. Or download the Kindle version. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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Three Days in Damascus

Kim Schultz's memoir of an unexpected love affair in the middle of the refugee crisis - November 2016. Writer, actor and refugee advocate, in 2009 Kim Schultz travelled to the Middle East as an artist/activist to meet with Iraqi refugees, forever changing her life. Three Days in Damascus follows her 3-year fight for a chance at love with an Iraqi refugee whom she met for 3 days in Syria and was never supposed to fall in love with. The memoir shares authentic Iraqi refugee stories, a whirlwind Middle Eastern romance and the consequently doomed, intercontinental relationship told through texts and emails - all with civil war, revolution and an arranged marriage as the backdrop.

You can order the paperback for £10.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon, ISBN 978-0-9955351-0-7. Or download the Kindle version. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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In Sadness and Solidarity

Poetry pamphlet anthology - on the theme of Human Rights - from Wordshare Poets, published in 2016. Wordshare Poets - Jane Sherwin, Jenny Messer and Camilla Reeve - are all committed to Human Rights. Keen to do more than just feel compassion for those caught up in the appalling refugee/asylum-seeking situation, they're sharing their concerns through poetry.

You can order the pamphlet for £6.00 (excluding postage) from this page or Amazon. ISBN 978-0-9556770-1-4. Please contact us at enquiries@palewellpress.co.uk if you have any delivery queries

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