“This is me!” Aquila said, when she picked up my puppet of the asylum seeker. It was so significant to her that I had to let her keep it.

Most of the ladies attending our workshop at Devon & Plymouth Racial Equality Council have experienced rascism, displacement from their homes and/or other great trauma, so I was surprised and delighted by the way they enthusiastically embraced shadow puppet making. The morning was filled with enchantment, creativity and laughter. I feel humbled and full of respect for the women that I met while working with Vanessa Crosse at DPREC.