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News from across the North East
Stories of Sanctuary comes to Newcastle!
November 2023

The Stories of Sanctuary project is back on tour and comes to Newcastle Cathedral on Thursday 16 November 2023

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Storylines showcases new songs, poems and films
September 2023

Celebrating stories of passenger travel along a world famous line for the 198th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway

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Sunderland Song of Sanctuary music video released to celebrate Refugee Week
June 2023

People seeking sanctuary in Sunderland have been busy preparing an animation video with animator Sheryl Jenkins for a new song recorded with We Make Culture, that reflects the city as a safe place for people seeking refuge from war. 

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Meet the artists on board the world's first public passenger railway

April 2023

As the North East steams ahead to the bicentenary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 2025, local artists have begun gathering stories from today’s passengers and why the railway matters

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Call out for actors for The Story Train

Closes 11 November 2022

A paid opportunity to be our storyteller on The Story Train, sharing the spirit of Christmas set in the Durham Dales.

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The Story Train comes to Stanhope!

December 2022

A unique Christmas story set in the Dales
told by storytellers, musicians and poets on board a former First Class Buffet Car

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Cradle of the Railways release

July 2022

Our latest EP will be available on 15 July 2022 featuring new songs all about Shildon, the world's first railway town. 

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Stories of Sanctuary Sunderland 

June 2022

Refugee Week concludes on a high note with the Sunderland Stories of Sanctuary concert, with a brand new choir, new songs and 100 audience members.

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Our work at a glance (2018 - 2022) 

May 2022

We've just published a review of our latest work. From Shildon to Stanley and from Sunderland to Teesside, read about the impact of our work. 

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Sunderland Stories of Sanctuary 

April 2022

We're bringing Stories of Sanctuary to Sunderland! Live in Sunderland? We'd love to have you join our songwriting workshop, rehearsal and performance piece for Refugee Week (June 2022). 

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Monthly Songwriting Hangout  - recording with Ron Angus

February 2021

We had a very inspiring Monthly Songwriting Hangout this week with Ron Angus who shared some rich insights into music production! Ron Angus is the owner of Studio One in County Durham. 

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Our impact in 2020

December 2020

Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a year of creativity, connection and growth for Citizen Songwriters. We welcomed 3 new team members as well as reached over 100 participants online across the UK.

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For stories older than December 2020, please visit the drop down table on the 'News' tab at the top of the website. 

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