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We produce publications aimed at younger readers and adults.
The Trust has been creating resources for fifteen years. Our first publication was ‘A Long Way from Home’, sharing the testimonies of young refugees. Since then we have produced many books of personal testimony, local history and teaching resources. We publish Black Hero biographies and fiction books made in projects with Manchester schools, highlighting the creativity and diversity of our children and teachers. All of these publications can be ordered online.
- Traditional Tales from many Cultures, written & illustrated by children
- Biographies of Black British heroes written by and for children.
- Books of Personal Testimonies & Local History
- Teaching Resources & Packs
Her Hair a Crown: A children’s book created to inspire young black girls to embrace and love their natural hair. This book includes an uplifting poem and empowering facts about the history of Afro hair. This book was created by Year 10 pupils from Cedar Mount Academy.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Chorlton Gospel Train: The story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe , one of the most influential American singer-songwriters of the twentieth century, and how her music carried her across the world – even to an abandoned railway station in Chorlton-cum-Hardy! Created by students from Chorlton High School.
Traditional Tales from many Cultures, written & illustrated by children
The Kindly Ghost: A folk story from Sudan of three brothers, a kindly ghost and a magic pouch. Retold and illustrated by Aden Woodall and Year 4 children of Webster Primary School.
The Singing Sack: A traditional folktale from Spain in which a mother rescues her captive daughter and takes revenge on the old rogue who kept her trapped in a sack. Retold and illustrated by Year 4 children from St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School.
The Cat Who Lost Her Tail : A traditional Syrian tale in which the cat learns how co-operation can lead to everyone getting what they want. Retold and illustrated by Mathilde Vigier and children from Wilbraham Primary School.
Mohini and the Monster : Children from St Thomas Community Primary School retell and illustrate a traditional Indian folk-story in which Mohini, a young village girl, tricks and defeats a legendary monster.
Ebony Mya and the Seven Duppies: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves with a Caribbean twist, written and illustrated with pupils at St Margaret’s Church of England School.
The Gift of Colours: children from Ravensbury Community School retell and illustrate a traditional African folk-tale in which a woman injured while collecting palm-nuts asks three birds for help. Only one agrees…
The Man Who Caught a Magic Mermaid: children from St Brigid’s RC Primary School retell and illustrate a traditional Irish Traveller folk-story about a farmer who captures a mermaid by hiding her magic tail-skin.
The Gypsy Woman and the Cave is a traditional Roma folk-story retold and illustrated by children from Chapel Street Primary School. A Gypsy shelters in a cave and is surprised to find 12 golden young men who fill her sack with gold coins.
Miss Peahen and Mister Jackal is a traditional folk-tale from the Punjab, retold and illustrated by pupils from Oswald Road Primary School . How will the unlikely friendship between Miss Peahen and Mister Jackal end, when Mister Jackal fails to grow goats from bones ?
Tortoise and the Dancing Palm Tree is a traditional folk-tale from Nigeria, retold and illustrated by children from Lily Lane Junior School, Moston. When his friendly farmer dies, Tortoise uses his magical powers to make a dancing palm tree to help him take food from the villagers.
Anansi Makes It Happen: Two Tales of Anansi the Spiderman contains two traditional folk-tales from West Africa and the Caribbean featuring the trickster Anansi, retold and illustrated by pupils from St James’ CE Primary School and St Phillip’s CE Primary School.
The Yellow Thunder Dragon: a traditional folk-tale from China, retold and illustrated by pupils of Bowker Vale Primary School. Chang and his family show hospitality to some unusual visitors, with surprising consequences.
The Honoured Guest is a traditional folk-tale from Bangladesh retold and illustrated by children from Manley Park Primary School. By his odd behaviour at a party, Ram Babu the poet causes a rich merchant to think again about judging people by what they wear.
The Crocodile Who Ran Out of Ideas is a traditional Pashto folk-tale from the Indian sub-continent retold and illustrated by pupils from Divine Mercy RC Primary School. A crocodile tries to get the better of a crafty jackal, but gives up when he can’t make his tricks work.
Biographies of Black British heroes
Olaudah Equiano – Son of Africa, produced with pupils from Our Lady’s RC Primary and St Edmund’s RC Primary, tells the story of Olaudah Equiano, a major figure in the 18th century abolitionist movement in Britain and author of “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African”
Liberté: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, produced with pupils from Chorlton CE Primary School, tells the story of the Muslim SOE agent codenamed Madeleine, who was executed at Dachau and posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre and the George Cross in 1949. Designed for primary school children.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: The Music Man The story of the composer of ‘Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’, as well as a large quantity of chamber music and song, told and illustrated by pupils of Rolls Crescent Primary School. One of the most celebrated composers of his day and ‘universally mourned’ when he died at the age of 37 in 1912.
“To Be Free is Very Sweet”: The Life of Mary Prince The story of Mary Prince, born into slavery in the Caribbean in 1788, became the first life of a Black woman published in Britain and an important weapon in the crusade for the abolition of slavery. Retold and illustrated by students from Plant Hill Arts College.
Britain’s Black Olympians, celebrating the achievements of Britain’s Black Olympic Heroes. Children from 15 schools in Manchester have written narrative biographies, created beautiful artwork and composed poetry and fan letters about sportsmen and women from minority groups who have represented Great Britain on the Olympic stage. ISBN 978-0956517647
Personal Testimonies & Local History
A Long Way from Home Young refugees in Manchester tell their stories through poetry, short stories and mini biographies. The young people shared many distressing experiences of loss, regret and solitude. Produced in conjunction with Save The Children. £5.99
Mandela, Manchester An anthology of poems by Manchester secondary school students to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday in July 2008. They are poems about Manchester and its people, forged in Mandela’s spirit and reflecting the example of Nelson Mandela’s exemplary life of struggle. £8.00
Strength of Spirit is a book documenting the hidden ‘herstory’ of Bangladeshi women in Manchester:coming and settling in England, education, family, culture and community. Compiled by young Bangladeshi women from Levenshulme High School for Girls and the Trust. The quotes are taken from interviews collected as part of our Exploring Our Roots Project. £5.99
Roots and Journeys 15 autobiographies of individuals from the ethnic minority communities in Manchester, illustrated by many personal photographs. Contributors describe their aspirations, frustrations but most of all their determination to build a new and successful life in the North. £15.00
Teaching Resources & Packs
The World on our Doorstep (KS 2/3) Rusholme in South Manchester is a great cultural melting pot, which has attracted permanent and transient populations from around Great Britain and the wider world. The research, images and inspiration for this book came from the Residents Group attached to one street in Rusholme, linking the 1911 census with the stories of the households living in those houses just over 100 years later. Activities relating to each story are suggested, along with further ideas for class activities. £4.50
The Distance We Have Travelled This pack of teaching materials, based on interviews with members of the Somali, Kurdish and Afghani refugee communities in Manchester is aimed at educators in secondary, further and adult education. It is in four sections: an introduction to understanding refugee issues with information, key terms and key facts; profiles of Somalia, Afghanistan and Kurdistan with maps; mini-biographies of some of the refugee people interviewed for the project, together with an autobiography created from their interviews; a series of worksheets that teachers can use to explore the biographical and autobiographical material. £7.50
Exploring Our Roots This teaching pack includes a book and DVD, based on interviews with people of South Asian, Chinese, West African and African Caribbean communities, covering Immigration, Settlement and Making Communities, Working Life, Culture and Identity, Generations On. It contains mini-biographies, pictures, maps, and other resource items. The pack was created by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust. The DVD was created by artist Kuljit ‘Kooj’ Chuhan / Metaceptive Media. £15.00
Here Comes the Fair is a teaching pack about the lives of Britain’s Travelling Showmen, built around photographs and life stories of young Showmen. The pack contains a 20 page teacher book, 5 A2 full colour posters and 20 work-cards for use in the classroom. £20.00
Previous Publications – now out of print
The following are now out of print but copies are still available to read in our library.
The Gingerbread Bees: a traditional folk-tale from Poland, retold and illustrated by children from Rack House Primary School. Bogumil the baker’s apprentice receives a sweet reward for rescuing a drowning bee.
The Blue Fox is a traditional folk-tale from Bengal, retold and illustrated by children from Acaias Community Primary School . Lallu the red fox falls into a tub of blue dye and, in his blue disguise, rules all the other animals. But what happens when the other animals discover the trick Lallu has played on them? ISBN 978-0956517623 SOLD OUT
Am I Safe Yet? (for adults) Nine women who came to Britain to seek asylum from violence and mistreatment tell their moving personal stories. The book was developed by Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) and is a partnership publication between WAST and the Trust. ISBN 978-0954287498 SOLD OUT