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Thursday 18 April 2019

Young City Reads: Syrian Flavoured Ice Cream Created In Honour Of Book That Highlights Plight Of Refugee Children

A new Syrian inspired flavoured ice cream has been created in honour of this year's Young City Reads book, The Boy at the Back of the Class, by Onjali Q Raúf.

The book follows the compassionate story of Ahmet, a young Syrian refugee and a small group of determined nine-year-olds, who go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure their new classmate has a sense of belonging.

Sweet Syrah was suggested by Twitter follower @thisoldmole as part of a competition on social media, named after the sister of the book's main character Ahmet.

Author @OnjaliRauf replied: That's made me 😭  What a lovely idea... ❤️

Artisan ice cream makers Boho Gelato are well known for their work within the community and twenty percent of all proceeds from sales of this specially created gelato will be used to support Young City Reads work in areas of high deprivation across Brighton & Hove. 

The money raised will pay for books, workshops and event tickets, helping to inspire a love of reading amongst children with less access to books. 


Last year the company raised nearly £1000 with their Blue Phantom created for the 2018 title Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith and this year they're hoping for the same success.

Young City Reads 2019 culminates in an event for schools on 22nd May at Brighton Dome as part of Brighton Festival, featuring a live appearance by Onjali Q. Raúf who said:

"I hope all human 'beans (of every age!) reading and engaging with it, reach its end feeling a little more understanding and hopeful about what we can all do to ease the plight of refugee children the world over. 

"Sometimes the best, most joyous things start with a story, and my deepest wish for this book is that it helps inspire lots of interesting discussions and ideas about one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our times." 

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival added: 

"The book's messages of friendship, kindness and celebrating difference should be shared now more than ever.'

by: Mike Cobley




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