Stories of Each Other: Do We Care? Refuge Week event on 22 June
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Thank you again for supporting A Country of Refuge and I hope you have received copies of your book/s. I wanted to draw your attention to a fantastic eve taking place at the Free Word Centre during Refugee Week on Weds 22 June at 6pm.
Details below and link to book tickets is: https://www.freewordcentre.com/whats-on/refugee-week-stories
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