Bend like the trees

When the storm approaches Bend like the trees You are strong Resilient Flexible And you will survive You will be different A little bent out of shape But beautiful In a different way When the storm arrives Lean into the loneliness The unknown spaces The fear For if you resist And try to fight it…

Today we created a monster…and built solidarity

Today was the first day of a five day annual summer course on refugees and forced migration organised by the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.  It’s one of the main perks of my visit to Toronto. An opportunity to engage with academics, policy makers and practitioners working mainly, though as it turned out…

Putting down roots

“There isn’t anything particularly radical about saying people want to connect and they want to belong but how that happens is pretty important” So today was a nothing kind of day, a combination of exhaustion and jet lag. Only it wasn’t. A short walk in search of food brought me to Wychwood Barns Park, a…