I’m preparing for the New European Ensemble performances by reciting my memorised poems and using youtube videos to play the program music. Plus a cup of tea and some Peace by Chocolate. This beautiful and delicious chocolate is made by a Syrian refugee family in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The Hadhad family had owned a successful chocolate factory in Damascus but were forced to flee due to civil war. In Antigonish “The Hadhads were financially independent by the time their one-year anniversary in Canada rolled around in January, and they began employing 10 people at their shed shop.” Tareq Hadhad says, “Peace By Chocolate may not tell the general story, but it tells the others what is possible. It tells other communities across the country what is possible when they come all together to support people who are fleeing war.” In the way that not all artists can create great art, not all refugees can be great success stories, but by reaching out to help people we can make success more possible in both large and small ways. On the 19th and 20th of September I’ll recite poems about migrants making their way forward in difficult circumstances, plus poems about the beauty of nature, and poems that interconnect with the music that Bobby Mitchell will play.