Holocaust Memorial Day

English & Media

Students from Itchen's A Level Creative Writing course were given the honour of reading their work at the city's Holocaust Memorial Day remembrance ceremony, which took place at Southampton Solent University on Wednesday 27 January.

Ashton Crosby, Natalie Fabian, Kyle Subramani and Naima Young took the stage alongside local dignitaries and academics to read their poems, written in response to this year's theme of 'Don't Stand By'. Two more pieces, by Nadia Hamilton-Smith and Hollie Webb, were read out onstage by a representative from the university. These powerful pieces provided a fitting end to the ceremony, which also included moving testimonies from two Holocaust survivors who recounted their experiences as evacuees on the Kindertransport.

Additionally, a number of Itchen students contributed written pieces which were displayed in the university foyer as part of an exhibition of work from schools and colleges across the city. This work was produced in response to workshops led by Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton and Danielle Lockwood from the University of Southampton's Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, who earlier in the year visited Itchen to share their research into individual Holocaust survivor stories with the Creative Writing cohort.

A collection of the work produced in response to these workshops, including the pieces read at the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, is to be published via the English department. You are encouraged to take time to read and listen to these works, which stand as testimony to the talent and the thoughtful engagement of our learners.