Voice Out Series 1

Represent Yourself by Precious Oluwatumininu Daniels

Represent Yourself By Precious Oluwatumininu Daniels Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on whatsapp I was 14 years old when I moved to Ireland. My first day in Secondary School was so hard with teachers struggling to pronounce my name. The students made fun of my curly hair, my accent and the fact that…...

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“I am finally free to stand up for myself.” by Farida Salim

“I am finally free to stand up for myself” By Farida Salim Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on whatsapp Hey there! My name is Farida Salim. I am a 19-year-old Kenyan-Irish woman, born and raised in County Cork. My family has lived in Ireland for a little over 20 years. I don’t recall a…...

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Friday Junior Osemwekhae Good Day Cork letter to father

Friday Junior Osemwekhae

“The freest man will always find solace in his word of truth.” By Friday Junior Osemwekhae Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on whatsapp Recently I have found myself rummaging through my old secondary school and university folders, unearthing past memories within the soil of my soul. Found an old note from a friend…...

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“I feel supported, valued and feel that we’re making strides together” by Doireann Magee-Salawu

‘I feel supported, valued and feel that we are making strides together’ By Doireann Magee-Salawu Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on whatsapp My name is Doireann Magee-Salawu, I’m 16 years old, Irish-Nigerian, and from Cork. I’ve been raised in a single parent family by my mum who’s Irish. As a result, my Nigerian…...

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Writing through the pain by Sylvia Wohlfarth

Blown by gusts of icy wind — facial acupuncture, painful I descend on my grey seething river, frothing whirlpools Stifled memories of unending supermarket queues Have drenched me with an urge to get home To warmth and dry/and tidy up my life A small compensation in preparation For unforeseen pending isolation Impatiently, I stop at…...

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Are we not the cloths of heaven by Sylvia Wohlfarth

Joy is innate in us mortals. Unless, sadly, for some, somehow, at some time, it has been cruelly suppressed. Think of the joyful symbiosis between a baby’s smiles and giggles, and us. Are we not touched, irrespective of the colour of the child’s skin? Is it not the smile which communicates joy to us? And…...

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My City by Rohini Roy

I’ve been a home bird for the first 25 years of my life. I was born in Calcutta, India. I went to school there, went to college there – even worked there. I lived in the same house I was born in – an old, huge mansion built in 1889 by the Brits with my…...

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Self-Reliance through a Pandemic by Asmae Ourkiya

The last time someone noticed and paid me a compliment for one of my tattoos was in a small cozy coffee shop in Lisbon. The waitress walked near me and said: “I love that Medusa. It is amazing!” I blushed, and I can’t remember the last time I felt the warmth of being approached by…...

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