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

Stickley, Theodore, Hui, Ada M.L., Stubley, Michelle, Baker, Francesca and Watson, Michael Craig (2018) “Write here, sanctuary” Creative writing for refugees and people seeking asylum. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice . ISSN 1753-3023

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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.


This study employs a mixed-method design comprising: a thematic analysis of writers’ (facilitators) diaries, demographic and satisfaction survey and 14 qualitative interviews.


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.


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.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/946616
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.com/10.1080/17533015.2018.1494450
Keywords: Asylum seekers; Creative writing; Refugees; Wellbeing
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2018.1494450
Depositing User: Stickley, Theo
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 09:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:46
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52626

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