February 21st, International Mother Language Day, celebrates the importance of the mother tongue throughout the world. And Swansea is blossoming with languages from around the world. A brief survey of members of Swansea Women’s Asylum and Refugee Support group revealed 33 different languages! The Kenyan poet, Hannah Sabatia, shared her poem The Sound of My Language with the group and the names, countries and poem were combined in an image to illustrate the individual significance of each of those unique and beloved languages.
Hannah’s poem appeared in the anthology My Heart Loves in My Language: Stories and Poems from Swansea, Hafan Books, 2017