Monthly Archives: December 2017

A productive year of activism, advocacy & campaigning.

It has been a greatly insightful year of travelling, talks and contributions to panel discussions on the refugee crisis. Looking into finding ways of supporting and helping refugees and asylum seekers in the U.K.

I have had the opportunity to speak at over 100 events across Britain, Europe and the States during 2017.

One of the many highest of year, I was given the privilege and honour to deliver the Manchester Foundation Day lecture.

Refugee turned author and graduate speaks at University Foundation Day:

The Lightless Sky was selected as one of the book for Read Regional by New Writing North. Therefore, I was able to do a tour of the north of England, speaking at libraries, schools and festivals. It was certainly a wonderful opportunity to get visit towns across the region and meet some amazing people, doing brilliant work of welcoming refugees, showing compassion and solidarity in their local community.

If we Direct them to the Right Source, Refugees have Brilliant Ideas:

Global Awareness Lecture 2017: Bedales School

A shared Britain – refugee policy for 2017:

What Would You Do If Your Home Became A Warzone?

Afghan author urges people to welcome refugees:

Give refugees a chance and they will make impressive contributions…

A note to Gulwali Passarlay, author of the Lightless Sky.

International Youth Day. #YouthVoice #Health

Presenting Awards to scouts in Lancashire, celebrating their achievements and success.

With thanks to Big Issue North for featuring me on their weekly cover.

Speaking to educators in Sweden for the second time in Malmo, on how best to support ingratiation of UASC/refugees into education.

Gulwali Passarlay gave us a fascinating insight into the lives of so many refugees who go to enormous lengths to escape from whatever horrendous life awaits them if they stay put. Galley Club:

Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Refugee Children

Co-facilitated by Nola Ellen and Gulwali Passarlay:


Earlier this year we had the chance to speak with Gulwali Passarlay who came to the UK seeking asylum when he was just 13 years old. We spoke to him about his experiences as a young person seeking asylum in the UK, his achievements and his hopes for other young asylum seekers and refugees. We will let him introduce himself in his own words…



And the journey continues, looking forward to more active public engagements of events and talks to create awareness, inform public opinion and encourage a welcoming environment for refugees coming to Brexit Britain.