Launch of The Day the War Came contributes to #3000 Chairs campaign
Foyles last night (3 September) hosted a platform discussion on Nicola Davies and Rebecca Cobb's picturebook The Day the War Came (Walker Books), which contains the poem that inspired the #3000 Chairs campaign in support of unaccompanied child refugees. On the panel, chaired by Katherine Woodfine, were Davies, Cobb (who drew live), Majeda Khoury (Syrian refugee and human rights activist), and Olivia Long of Help Refugees. Broadcaster and bookseller Tamsin Rosewell (Kenilworth Books) announced a project to send 100 copies of the book to members of the Commons and Lords; £1,000 needs to be raised for the project here: https://www.gofundme.com/the-day-war-came.
The books will be accompanied by a letter to Lord Dubs arguing the value of picturebooks to adult as well as child audiences, and urging the swift acceptance of lone child refuges into this country. It has been signed by more than 100 writers and illustrators including Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson, Alan Ayckbourn, Wendy Cope, Simon Brett, Joanne Harris, and Maureen Duffy, and, with the books, will be delivered later this month. The letter and the signatories can be seen here.
Photo left to right: Tamsin Rosewell, Olivia Long, Rebecca Cobb, Majeda Khoury, Nicola Davies, and Katherine Woodfine