Daily Archives: September 19, 2015

Nothing Can Prepare You

Unity Across Borders

photo by Sarah Adotey photo by Sarah Adotey

Sarah, writing from the camp:

It has so far been a humbling experience. Overwhelmed by how welcoming and friendly everyone here is. We have been welcomed into people’s makeshift homes and offered seats, water and tea by people who have nothing. We have shared a coffee with a man from Darfur, who told us how has lost his whole family and crossed Sudan, Libya, survived the sea and got to Italy. He is now claiming asylum in France. Not everyone wants to get to the UK. Most of all we have been met with huge smiles and shouts of welcome. I personally will remember these faces for the rest of my life.

Shah Lalon Amin writes:

We are in the Calais camp.

Nothing can prepare you for what you are about to see, to see children living in such inhumane conditions has broken my heart, tears in…

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My chapbook: ‘dying notes’ – Reuben Woolley

I was runner-up in the 2015 Erbacce Poetry Prize and the prize was the publication of this chapbook.


Cover artwork by Sonja Benskin Mesher

You can find more information about it on

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This is the title poem (first published in Tears in the Fence):

dying notes

here……….we see
the species dies

in full confusion . we
were never golden , did not live
a thousand years
& all our losses
were inevitable

we did not tame our monsters
& grinning they look
for compensation


……………. this dying land

the theme plays
in single notes / in fading shades
of ochre . I do not change

a simple suffering
is no matter , was dark before
this sad unravelling