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Watch Parallel Lives at Shrewsbury

Here’s a video of the Parallel Lives section of our show at Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August. It starts with the final chorus of Sean Cooney singing his wonderful song Dark Water about the Syrian refugee Hesham Modamani and his remarkable swim to a new life. Then Matthew Crampton tells stories of people who have left and arrived in Shrewsbury as refugees or migrants. These form part of the Parallel Lives project, which charts how migration has always flowed back and forth in towns across Britain. We also partner in each place with a local refugee or migrant support group. You can read more about this in the Parallel Lives section of this website. Matthew is now gathering stories and finding partner organisations for everywhere we tour in January 2018.