Stories

Carmen arrived in Sunderland from Malta in 1989 and has lived here ever since. She recounts her story,...

Geetha Shrestha shares her story about coming to Sunderland from Nepal in the 1970s, the value of learning...

Gezekile known to her friends as Anita, arrived in Sunderland in 2002. In search for a better education,...

Dr Gitika Banerjee's story begins in Burma and takes us on a journey through the Second World War, where...

Gurbaksh was born in India in 1944. She arrived with her family at the age of 23 following her husband who...

Habeeba was born in Sri Lanka and came to the UK in 1972, settling in Sunderland in 1979. Habeeba chose to...

Haffezar Khan was born in Trinidad and travelled a great deal before settling in the North East in the...

Juliana Henderson was the first Filipino in Sunderland having arrived from Saudi in 1982 after working in...

In Jyoti's story we learn about the daunting feelings arriving alone as a young woman in a foreign country...

Kelly shares her childhood dreams of England and keeping her family's heritage and beliefs alive in...

Khady's story takes us from the Congo to Senegal, to Spain and then to the UK and Sunderland. This truthful...

Born in Philippines, Laura recalls her first experience of arriving in Britain two days before Christmas,...

Leila came to Sunderland in 2007 to study English and subsequently decided to return and make Sunderland...

Lijie Zhang grew up during the difficult years of Cultural Revolution and later worked as a news reporter,...

Mohinder's story is a poignant reminder about the importance of learning languages and feeling part of a...

Nilima arrived in the UK with her small children in the 1970s and was greeted with a wintery surprise....

Padma Rao has been instrumental in the development and delivery of many creative projects throughout the...

A prominent figure in Sunderland, Remy Smith talks about growing up in the Philippines and her love of...

Shona Gupta arrived from India in 1956. Of all the Women that have participated in sharing their stories,...

Sreelekha Reddy is the founder of Sangini. In this story we learn about Sreelekha's early childhood growing...

Dr Swadesh Bansal is the first of our participants to record her story 'A Sentimental Profession' for the...

Teona's story explores migration from Georgia to Russia and then to the UK. A talented musician and teacher...