New anthology inspired by outsiders to help Shelter, Crisis Aid
Poetry publisher Isabelle Kenyon has launched a new anthology, Persona Non Grata, which is aimed at raising funds for Shelter and Crisis Aid UK. She said: “The book was inspired by the theme of society's outsiders and social exclusion, and features 45 talented poets across the globe.”
The first anthology published by Isabelle’s Fly on the Wall Press, was titled Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, and was runner-up in this year’s Saboteur award for best anthology. That volume raised money for the UK mental health charity Mind.
In her foreword to the new anthology Isabelle says: “As ever, this anthology has been curated from love and the desire to make a change – to opinion, first and foremost, as well as giving a voice to those who find themselves an outsider in our society. From circumstances of poverty, war and estrangement, this anthology is packed with poetry exploring what it means to be isolated.”
The anthology includes sections on the homeless, asylum seekers, war, invisibility, family grief, and politics.
Isabelle adds: “Shelter is a UK charity which helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services. Crisis Aid UK is a charity which supports the victims of poverty, disaster, war and oppression around the world. I am honoured to be raising funds for the important work of both these organisations.
“Fly on the Wall Poetry Press gives me a purpose which fulfils me and I sincerely hope that in the strength of these poets’ words, you find the creative fuel to raise your voice against injustice.”