Open to UK readers only - sorry!
We have five copies of Lydia Syson's book That Burning Summer to give away to the best answers to this question:
'Who do you wish you could have hidden and protected in an isolated church, and why?'
(If you missed her guest post, take a look at yesterday)
And find out more at: http://www.lydiasyson.com/that-burning-summer-links-and-background-resources
Closing date 7th December
Bright funny passionate young Anne Frank ... and her family and all the millions of ordinary people hunted down by inhuman human hunters. It's got to be a mighty big church!
There are some times when I look at the world around us and wish for a few days of peace with my children far away from the news and woes of society. Does that sound very pathetic?
My dad and his family were refugees, they had to give up speaking anything but English or get put into camps (which happened to them, and the day they got back to the house they were given my gran stated that 'from this day forward English only') If I could help hide any one it would be the refugees who came to Britain with nothing but hopes and were often met with suspicion and fear. They lost everything, had nothing but the clothes on their back and their papers, but no one greeted them and it was years before they were part of the community. I would hide them and teach them how to fit better, and help them understand that while they should be classed as hero's they would be seen as spy's.
I would have removed Wilfred Owen from the battlegrounds a few days before his death (which was, sadly, so close to the end of the war) so he could write in safety about its futility, horror and loss. When the guns have gone quiet and the politicians have exhausted their jingoism, it is our writers and poets who touch us with the truth, who never let us forget.
I would like the isolated churches to be refuges for all the women who were so unique, in their behaviour and outlook on life, that they were persecuted as witches. Diversity always needs protection.
I would hide Robin Hood. Whether he was a true character or not (debatable it seems) he led a romantic life and if he did stand up for the poor, he was worth saving from a grisly death.
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