Our first external partnership was with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, in 2005. Work by our members was read to audiences of several hundred by distinguished authors, under the aegis of Amnesty's 'Imprisoned Writers' series - a relationship which continues to this day, with five writers featured in 2014: Hasani (The Asylum), Soraya (City of the dead), Yamikani (Souvenirs), Jade (My Journey around London), Aso (Greenwich dream time / kite flying).
This gave our writers the ambition to read their own work in public. Appearances at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and many others followed, including an ongoing relationship is with the Chipping Campden Literature Festival.
But performing, in public, in what may be your fourth or fifth language isn't easy – hence the masterclass in 'non-verbal performance' with Tamasha Theatre which became our first film Finding a Voice.
Performances in various settings and media have flourished since then: in the galleries of Tate Britain, at a dining table at Feast on the Bridge, in our very own play, Souvenirs, and in a new, forthcoming multimedia project based on the Poverty Barrier report.