CALLING ALL YOUNG ARTISTS AND POETS!

20­­ ­­–26 June is Refugee Week, when we celebrate all the amazing contributions refugees make to our society. 

To mark the occasion, we are inviting all children and young people of school age to draw a picture or write a poem inspired by the theme of Welcome! Prizes will be awarded by the Mayor and the winning entries will be displayed at Tonbridge Library.

Offering a warm welcome

Refugees are people who have had to leave their own countries because of war, natural disaster or persecution. 

Leaving home is a very painful thing to do. Imagine having to leave behind your family, your friends and everything you love. How would you feel having to set off on a dangerous journey into the unknown? After all they have been through, a warm welcome can make all the difference to refugees…and that is the theme of this year’s Refugee Week

The competition

To mark the occasion, we are inviting all children and young people of school age to draw a picture or write a poem inspired by the theme of Welcome! You could draw a picture about how you might make refugees feel at home in your town; write a poem or rhyme about making friends with people from other countries; or design a Welcome banner. This is your chance to show, in words or pictures, how important a friendly welcome is.

How to enter

  • Please write your name, age, school and contact number or email address on the back of your posters or poems
  • Then put your entries into the box at Tonbridge Library or email a photo or scan of them, along with your contact information, to info@tonbridgewelcomesrefugees.co.uk
  • You can enter a poster and a poem if you wish to!
  • DEADLINE: Monday 4th July

Judging the competition will be local artist Angela Dewar, and Tonbridge poet Margaret Beston, with the help of Tonbridge Mayor Mark Rhodes.

Prizes will be awarded by the Mayor at 11:00 on 16 July at the Chequerboard outside the Angel Centre and the winning entries will then be displayed at Tonbridge Library. 

Come and join us at One World Day. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!