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New poetry anthology for Freedom From Torture sponsored by Turpin & Miller LLP

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A new poetry anthology, with poems by over 50 contemporary and award-winning poets, has been compiled in aid of the charity Freedom From Torture, and is sponsored by Turpin & Miller LLP. The anthology, Hands and Wings, is the creation of Freedom from Torture’s Oxford support group. Philip Pullman CBE has written a foreword to the book and will launch the anthology on Wednesday 25 November in Oxford.

Contributing poets include Welsh National Poet Gillian Clarke, T.S.Eliot Prize winner Philip Gross and winner of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize Susan Wicks. The anthology is edited by poet Dorothy Yamamoto. She says: “The collection brings together a wide range of poems that explore our connections with people, often portraying encounters with individuals and cultures very different to our own, and with the natural world.”

The Oxford Freedom from Torture support group has promoted the organisation through events, including readings and concerts, since 2001. This year Freedom From Torture celebrates 30 years of being the only human rights charity dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors in the UK. Now more than ever, with vulnerable Syrian refugees soon to begin arriving in the UK, many of whom will be torture survivors, there is a huge demand for the organisation’s unique services. The proceeds from this book will help fund vital work such as psychological and physical therapies, practical assistance and creative projects.

The launch will take place at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford, from 12.00 pm to 2.00pm on 25 November. All are welcome. The book costs £8, with all proceeds going directly to Freedom From Torture, and will be available to buy at the launch event or by contacting Dorothy Yamamoto.