Collective residences


From Tuesday, 1 February 2022 to Friday, 11 February 2022

Equality and human rights specialist and writer
New Zealand


Margaret Flaws is a writer, poet and lifelong human rights and equality campaigner, communicator and educator, including on refugee, asylum and migration issues. She works on rights to healthcare and pulls together coalitions and networks for change. Her academic work as a sociologist focused on ethnicity, conflict and exclusion in relation to asylum policy.

She has been a public advocate, media spokesperson and worked in television making equality and human rights programmes. She has also developed and run services for people with HIV and AIDS, refugees and asylum seekers, homeless people, and people affected by trauma.


My writing project is tentatively titled Precarious Journeys, a poetry cycle about migrant and refugee journeys into Europe and the barriers that are put up to stop them.

These poems, which centre on various points around Europe, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic coasts and England, will highlight the experience of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and draw attention to the extraordinary current developments in fortifying countries to keep people out.

I have chosen poetry for this project because I believe that poetry, as a form of storytelling, can be a powerful catalyst for changing how we see the world.

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