Tracy Brabin speaks at launch of new book documenting first Gujarati settlers in Batley

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin heaped praise on a longstanding local writers’ group at the launch of its “fascinating and insightful” new book.

Ms Brabin spoke at the launch of Our Heritage by the Gujarati Writers Forum along with local dignitaries including Mayor Gwen Lowe and Kirklees Council Leader Shabir Pandor.

Chair of the Gujarati Writers Forum, Ahmad Lunat OBE, introduced the new book to a packed room at Batley’s PKWA centre on Friday evening.

The volume, which is the latest addition to the Batley-based group’s ever-expanding canon, captures first-hand accounts from migrants from the Indian state of Gujarat who made Batley their home in the 1950s.

Co-heads at Batley Girls’ School David Cooper and Julie Haigh also spoke at the event and praised the ongoing work the Forum does with their students.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “It was an honour to be asked to speak at the launch of this fascinating and insightful new volume by the Gujurati Writers Forum.

“As well as providing a valuable historical record, Our Heritage offers a wonderful insight into the struggles, joys and triumphs of those first Gujurati migrants to make Batley their home.

“And I know it will be another invaluable resource in assisting The Forum’s work in bringing young people from different backgrounds and communities together through participation in the arts.”


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