Journeys Festival International presents an open discussion over free coffee and cake…

Opening with an extract from the Polari Prize nominee “Alaska”, theatre director, writer, poet and jazz singer Cheryl Martin, will be joined by Dr Peter Gatrell (Historian at the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute, The University of Manchester) to discuss about the history of journeys. In this session, they aim to reflect on how we can authentically and artistically retell these stories.

Cheryl Martin is a theatre director, writer, poet and jazz singer born in Washington D.C. and currently based in Manchester. She has worked since 2010 on several community plays made with asylum seekers and refugees for Community Arts Northwest [CAN] as a director. Cheryl has collaborated with Journeys Festival this year, running the performance FLYING CARPETS at the JFI Manchester Museum Takeover Day.

Dr Peter Gatrell is an Historian at the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. The professor’s practice focus on population displacement in the modern world. His research also includes refugee and asylum seeker studies, having written about this subject in different articles and publications such as the book The Making of the Modern Refugee.

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