We Cannot Walk Alone

Refugee Week is a festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

Join Brighton & Hove libraries in celebration of Refugee Week.

Jubilee Library is proud to be a 'Library of Sanctuary'. We work hard to be a diverse community space where everyone can feel welcome and included and connect with others.

Find out more about Refugee Week.

#SimpleActs #TogetherWithRefugees #WhoWeAre

Brighton & Hove libraries flash fiction writing competition

Back by popular demand

#WalkTogether #WeCannotWalkAlone

Friday 28 May to Sunday 20 June

Write 50 words maximum on the theme ‘We Cannot Walk Alone'. 

There are 3 categories: 

  • under 12s 
  • under 18s 
  • adults

Submit your entries, in any language, with:

  • your age, if you're under 18
  • the town or country you live in
  • contact details

There are prizes for the winners and runners up.

The judges are:

  • Patrice Lawrence
  • Umi Sinha 
  • Alinah Azadeh

The closing date is Sunday 20 June at 5pm.

To submit your entry, send an email to libraries@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Brighton & Hove Libraries Sanctuary and Refugee Week curated book collection


Tuesday 1 to Wednesday 30 June

Books are a wonderful way to engage with different experiences, so to mark Refugee Week we have put together a list of fiction and non-fiction titles by or about refugees for you to explore.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European Human Rights Challenge

Friday 11 to Thursday 24 June.

Jubilee Library windows viewed from outside the library.

This exhibition highlights some of the materials, findings, and recommendations of the SOGICA (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum) research project, funded by the European Research Council and based at the University of Sussex.

The project has explored the social and legal experiences of individuals across Europe claiming international protection based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and tried to determine how to treat them more fairly.

Find out more about the SOGICA project and what they do.

Brighton & Hove Libraries Refugee Week online story time


Monday 14 and Friday 18 June at 10:15am.

Children's story time celebrating diversity and empathy.

Check our collection of books that you can share together.

Visit our YouTube channel for story time.

Refugees are Welcome Here: Contributions from our Brighton & Hove community

Brighton & Hove Libraries in partnership with Writing Our Legacy.

#SayitLoud #ReadaBook #WeCannotWalkAlone #JointheMovement #TogetherWithRefugees

Tuesday 15 June, from 7pm to 8pm.

Join Brighton & Hove Libraries and Writing Our Legacy for a night of poetry, music, and fiction.

Our line-up includes:

  • poet and activist Naomi Foyle
  • writer and artist Alinah Azadeh
  • Tony Kalume
  • other surprise guests

Our event is in solidarity with and inspiration from our Brighton & Hove Refugee and Sanctuary seeking community.

The event is online using Zoom.

Sign up for tickets.

Brighton & Hove Libraries Baby Boogie Music and Rhymes

Baby Boogie Music and Rhymes is designed for under 5s.


Wednesday 16 June at 10:15am.

Singing is good for us is many ways including our mental health. Singing improves children's vocabulary.

Singing together, impacts on our wellbeing and sense of belonging.

Join us for a celebratory Baby Boogie.

Brighton & Hove Libraries staff Refugee Reads


Monday 14 to Sunday 20 June.

Discover staff picks of Refugee Reads on Twitter and Facebook.

Send us your recommended Refugee Reads on Twitter or Facebook.

Brighton & Hove Libraries Evening Top Picks

#WatchaFilm #WeCannotWalkAlone

Tuesday 1 to Thursday 29 June, 7pm.

Top picks for adults every Tuesday and Thursday throughout June, and Monday to Friday during Refugee Week.

Watch on Brighton & Hove Libraries Facebook, where we share our favourite gems.

This month’s collection has been especially curated to celebrate Refugee Week and those seeking Sanctuary. Enjoy! 

Brighton & Hove Libraries Refugee Week Online Children’s Crafts

Back by popular demand.

#WalkTogether #WhoWeAre

Saturday 19 June at 3pm.

Highlighting the importance of home and community for all, we’re inviting you to make your own shoebox house.

All you’ll need is a box (it doesn’t have to be a shoebox!), some bits and bobs to decorate your house, and most importantly your imagination! 

#Imagine what it is like for those who have had to flee their homes in search of a brighter future.

By exploring questions like:

  • what does home mean to you?
  • what makes you feel at home?
  • how would it make you feel if you had to leave your home?
  • what would you take with you if you could?

We hope to ignite a spirit of solidarity with those who are without a place to call home.

We can't wait to build a home with you! 

Find out more about the Giant Dolls' House Project.

Brighton & Hove Libraries Sanctuary Collection on BorrowBox


Our online library, BorrowBox, has a fantastic Refugee Week/Sanctuary collection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks and eAudiobooks, to borrow anytime, anywhere.

Download the free app and login with your library card to start borrowing.