Poetry for human rights

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Sumpton, Laila (2015)
  • Publisher: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.14296/SAS.ICwS.001.12
  • Subject: HRDS

This is perhaps not the chapter you were expecting to find in this book, for how can an art have a practical application in the territory of human rights education, campaigning and programming? I would argue that any art can be applied with a human rights-based approach, but that the compact, urgent and linguistically layered nature of poetry suits human rights work well.\ud \ud I will look at ‘Poetry for human rights’ from three perspectives: poetry for personal resilience; poetry for human rights education and campaigning; and poetry for voice and empowerment, which charts my own journey into this area of work.
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    Sumpton, L. (2014) 'Laila Sumpton - Landing on Lampedusa', in IndieFeedPerformance Poetry, available at http://indiefeedpp.libsyn.com/lailasumpton-landing-on-lampedusa (accessed 5 Oct. 2015).

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    - (2015b) 'Three tips for writers working with hospitals', in Spread the Word, available at http://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/resources/view/three-tipsfor-writers-working-with-hospitals (accessed 30 Sept. 2015).

    Sense (2015) 'Poems of the River' an inspiring exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, available at https://www.sense.org.uk/content/poems-riverinspiring-exhibition-ayscoughfee-hall-museum (accessed 5 Oct. 2015).

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