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Max Kpakio works in Swansea (Wales, UK) and Liberia as a journalist, community activist and human rights campaigner. His poems and testimony reflect on struggles for justice and dignity, living with the consequences of polio, and the importance of solidarity. ISBN 9781916044289. Available at Lulu.com here. Price may show USD $6.21 or GBP £5.00 — the book can be ordered just the same. All proceeds go to the charity Swansea Asylum Seekers Support.


No Friends But the Mountains: Walking in the Shoes of Kurdish Refugees

July 2022. A remarkable video by interpreter and storyteller Shahsavar Rahmani and artist and animator Lucy Donaldnow on YouTube


On June 23 we will celebrate Refugee Week and present in real life new books we published doing lockdown:


Alhaji Sheku Kamara‘s third collection with Hafan Books laments war and injustice in his beloved Sierra Leone and around the world, but (in the words of Gaskin Sanghor Faa-Suku) “the Phoenix symbolism shows the poet is optimistic that our country will rise from all those vices. And his love poems tickle as the poet’s heart skips a beat to his queen!” — Alhaji Kamara takes readers on an adventure in art, politics and love. Warning – the poems contain Krio, reggae, rap and dancehall!

ISBN 9781916044265

£4.99 from lulu.com

Martin White presents 45 song texts in search of voice and music, a selection from many more he has written over the years. The songs all have working melodies: they just need somebody to bring them to musical life. Martin is active in the charity Butterfly Conservation, and a longstanding volunteer with the award-winning Oxfam Bookshop, Castle Street, Swansea. Sales of this book (like all Hafan Books) raise money for Swansea Asylum Seekers Support.

ISBN 9781916044272

£5.99 from lulu.com

Second Home

by Joseff Williams – published 2021

“Second Home” tells the true stories of three people who came to Swansea as asylum seekers: Amber, Bie and Otis. Told in words and photographs, their stories ask you to imagine being in their situation.

Stories from Swansea

Listen to stories for children, told by people from Swansea, in some of the 200 languages spoken here. With English translations … and animated artworks, all by Swansea people too!

All proceeds go to Swansea Asylum Seekers Support

Also new…

Refugees Writing in Wales

By People Seeking Sanctuary

Poetry, stories and essays written in Wales by people seeking sanctuary from wars and persecution, side by side with writing by others from Wales.

#1 Between a Mountain and a Sea (2003)

#2 Nobody’s Perfect (2004)

#3 Soft Touch (2005)

#4 Gwyl y Blaidd – The Festival of the Wolf (2006)

#5 Fragments from the Dark (2008)

#6 Are You Happy With That? (2013)

#7 My Heart Loves in My Language (2017)

Boiled String Poetry Chapbooks

Experimental poetry from Wales

Boiled String is edited by Professor John Goodby.

#1 Six of Clubs

by Childe Roland (2011)

#2 There’s Only the Dance

by David Barnett (2011)

#3 Mynydd

by Rhys Trimble (2011)

#4 Trees (2012)

by Childe Roland

#5 Bitch Dust (2012)

by Steven Hitchins

#6 Chroma (2012)

by Graham Hartill

#7 Thy Mine (2013)

by William Shakespeare, tr. by Tom Cheesman, Ulrike Draesner, Olive Ond

#8 Flower Angel Ship (2013) by Jörg Bernig

#9 Stars (2015)

by Childe Roland

#10 Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words (2015)

by Nia Davies

#11 Teint for the Bièvre (2016)

by Zoë Skoulding

#12 Zodiac (2018)

by Rhys Trimble

13# Grandiloquent Wretches (2020)

by Rhea Seren Philips

And More… Some Best Selling Hafan Titles

Hiraeth Erzolizoli

by Eric Ngalle Charles

The Sand Garden

by Humberto Garcia

Revolutionary Dreams: From Chile to Wales

by José Cifuentes


by Eric Ngalle Charles

Personal Things and the Rest

by Edin Suljic

Perilous Kinship

by Zafer Şenocak

Fragments: Transcribing the Holocaust

by Frances Rapport with Anka Bergmann, Terry Farago and Edith Salter

Local Therapy

by Soleïman Adel Guémar

Zola’s Story

By Zola Gidi

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