'Write to Life', our therapeutic creative writing group, was established in 1997 by playwright Sonja Linden. Film-maker and novelist Sheila Hayman took over in 2004. Realising that this work deserved an audience, and that the writers needed their stories to be heard, Sheila broadened the group's horizons both creatively and in terms of outreach.
Since then, Write to Life's fifteen or so active members have read at festivals and fundraisers and published extensively, working to correct misconceptions and myths about asylum seekers and refugees.
Beyond this, they have performed at Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival, starred in a film, 'Finding a Voice', been the first refugee group to read in the public galleries of Tate Britain, and have now formed an acting company with their verbatim theatre production, 'Souvenirs', which is touring in Spring/Summer 2013.