Traces Project

An untold history of contributions to arts and culture from men and women who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution.

1936 

Judith Kerr OBE

Judith is an author and illustrator who fled from Nazi Germany as a child and went on to publish award-winning autobiographical novels for children about her experiences.

1947 

Marina Lewycka

Marina is an author whose first book, A short history of tractors in Ukrainian, sold over a million copies worldwide.

1956 

George Szirtes

George Szirtes is a painter-turned-poet originally from Hungary who writes about England and Englishness as well as his Hungarian origins in his poetry and translation work.

1964 

Gillian Slovo

Writing, for Gillian Slovo, is best described as a process of interrogation into what happens when individual lives are caught up in political events – her latter works explore her experience as the daughter of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa.

1986 

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa is a Somali-born novelist whose books have been shortlisted for prestigious awards including the Guardian First Book Award.

1992 

Vesna Maric

Vesna is a travel writer, journalist, and author of ‘Bluebird: a Memoir’.

Hamid Ismailov

Hamid is a poet and author from Uzbekistan, and Writer in Residence at the BBC’s World Service.

2012 

al-Saddiq al-Raddi

al-Saddiq is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic. He writes about his native Sudan.