‘A good book should change the world for the better beyond the last page’
– Meike Ziervogel, Publisher, Peirene Press.
We donate 50p from the sale of each book to Basmeh & Zeitooneh.
Basmeh & Zeitooneh (The Smile & The Olive) is a Lebanese-registered NGO. It was established in 2012 in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Basmeh & Zeitooneh aims to create opportunities for refugees to help them to become empowered individuals who one day will return to their own country to rebuild their society. Today the organization is managing nine community centres in the region: seven in Lebanon and two in Turkey. They manage everything from women’s workshops to shelter regeneration programmes. Click here to learn more about their work.
In 2017 Peirene Press collaborated with Basmeh & Zeitooneh to run a creative writing workshop for nine Palastinian and Syrian refugees in Shatila Camp, Beirut. The participants were commissioned to create a piece of literature, drawing on their experiences. The result was Shatila Stories, a piece of collaborative fiction unlike any other. All profits raised by the sale of this book were donated to Basmeh & Zeitooneh. Click here to learn more about Shatila Stories.
From 2016 – 2017 Peirene Press donated 50p from the sale of each book to Counterpoints Arts.
Counterpoints Arts is a charity that promotes the creative arts by and about refugees and migrants in the UK.
By buying our books you helped Counterpoints Arts enhance the cultural integration of refugees – a mission which will surely change our society for the better. Click here to learn more about their work.
From 2012 – 2016 Peirene Press donated 50p from the sale of each book to the Maya Centre.
The Maya Centre provides free psychodynamic counselling and group psychotherapy for women on low and no incomes in London. The counselling is offered in many different languages, including Arabic, Turkish and Portuguese. The centre also undertakes educational work on women’s mental health issues.
By buying our books you helped the Maya Centre to continue their pioneering services. Click here to learn more about their work.