Mission: We are strong network of supportive individuals offering ongoing hope and help without judgement to people who are seeking asylum. Vision: For South Australia to become a state where refugees can live and be nurtured in a sense of safety and belonging within our community.
Your tireless hard work and generous support has made fantastic achievements possible.
no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well
your neighbors running faster than you breath bloody in their throats the boy you went to school with who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory is holding a gun bigger than his body you only leave home when home won’t let you stay.
no one leaves home unless home chases you fire under feet hot blood in your belly it’s not something you ever thought of doing until the blade burnt threats into your neck and even then you carried the anthem under your breath only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets sobbing as each mouthful of paper made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.
you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land no one burns their palms under trains beneath carriages no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled means something more than journey. no one crawls under fences no one wants to be beaten pitied
no one chooses refugee camps or strip searches where your body is left aching or prison, because prison is safer than a city of fire and one prison guard in the night is better than a truckload of men who look like your father no one could take it no one could stomach it no one skin would be tough enough
the go home blacks refugees dirty immigrants asylum seekers sucking our country dry niggers with their hands out they smell strange savage messed up their country and now they want to mess ours up how do the words the dirty looks roll off your backs maybe because the blow is softer than a limb torn off
or the words are more tender than fourteen men between your legs or the insults are easier to swallow than rubble than bone than your child body in pieces. i want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark home is the barrel of the gun and no one would leave home unless home chased you to the shore unless home told you to quicken your legs leave your clothes behind crawl through the desert wade through the oceans drown save be hunger beg forget pride your survival is more important
no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying- leave, run away from me now i dont know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here
Main photograph by Daniet Etter/New York Times/Redux /eyevine. Laith Majid cries tears of joy and relief that he and his children have made it to Europe.
Warsan ShireWarsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, ‘TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH’ (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. In 2012 she represented Somalia at the Poetry Parnassus, the festival of the world poets at the Southbank, London. She is a Complete Works II poet. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.
Join us for the Calais Jungle Talk (French refugee camp) with our own hills resident Ali Reid, interviewed by Lainie Anderson Sunday Mail Columnist.
Ali will talk about her working trip to a Calais refugee camp and achievements with refugees.
Thursday June 30th
Stirling Coventry Library
63 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling
Entry by Gold Coin donation
Wine $5 by the glass (supplied by our own Meredyth and Kenn from Norton Summit Vineyards)
Nibbles to share
“Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
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Join the Hills Circle of Friends for our first movie night fundraiser for 2016.
Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
The comedy is produced by the Coen brothers under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
February 25, 6:30pm
Capri Cinema (141 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood)
Tickets $17 Adult/ $13 Concession
Buy tickets on the night or secure your seat in advance by buying online from http://www.trybooking.com/179329
What an incredible day Sunday’s Tickle Tank fundraiser was – so very successful! Irene Stone-Pearce’s magnificent home and stunning garden saw a constant stream of around 350 people through the gate, entertained by musicians, poets, raffles, plant sales and satiated by Devonshire teas, coffee, cakes and savouries!
Huge thanks go to Irene and her friend Jockie!
Thanks also to all of the musicians and wandering poets and of course all other volunteers who made this day one of the greatest fundraisers our group has ever held!
We raised just over $5000!!
A portion of this money will go towards the Red Cross Refugee Community Gardens Project. The rest will be used to fund ongoing projects supported by Hills Circle of Friends including refugees on Bridging Visas and Temporary Protection Visas in the community.
Thank you so much! Enjoy a few glimpses of the garden below…
Join us for a delightful day exploring TickleTank open house and garden complete with live music, devonshire tea, wine and plant sales.
All proceeds to refugee and asylum seeker support projects.
Tickletank, the home and garden of artist and gardener Irene Pearce has delighted and inspired thousands of visitors over many years. This intimate garden is wrapped closely around a number of concrete water storage tanks which Irene herself has transformed into a quirky but comfortable home, decorated with her colourful mosaics and creative artwork made from recycled objects. The garden also features innovative ideas, recycled objects and a marvelous mosaic driveway which adds permanent colour to an already colourful display of hardy cottage perennials and self seeding annuals mixed with Australian native plants and succulents.