Loraine Mponela will be sharing some of her poetry as part of the “Multiplicity of Us” residency at Arcadia coming later this month. She’s shared with us a bit about her background and her involvement in the project…
“Loraine is a native of Malawi. She has lived in England for 13 years in September. Loraines background is public health. She holds MPH from Uni of Leeds UK although she doesn’t practice. She is a migrants rights campaigner and community organiser.
During the pandemic, trying to distract herself from nightmares of being an asylum seeker living in Coventry, Loraine is exploring poetry as a tool to tell her own life experiences and of those she deem to serve-with their permission.
She is a mother of 1, she also writes articles, public speaker and more. She organises @caragcoventry https://www.carag.ico.uk and she is also in the leadership of #StatusNow4All https://www.statusnow4all.org campaign – The campaign which is calling on the UK and and government of Ireland to give indefinite leave to remain to ALL people stuck in the UK asylum and immigration system, ALL undocumented migrants and ALL people seeking asylum to end the long suffering the system has created.
Loraine will be sharing 3 of her brand new poems in the ‘multiplicity of us’ and she is excited to be part of the exhibition at Arcadia Gallery. Her poems are heavily political because that is what she is passionate about but I also write about other things. Loraine concurs with those who say “no single person can change the world but each one of us doing our part”. Her involvement in this project is part of her quest to contribute to that higher vision.”