Living in Sheffield: Our journeys as migrant women

by Livia Barreira in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Reino Unido

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On 13th May 2022 we successfully raised £3,210 with 133 supporters in 28 days

I wrote my 1st book and I need your support to self-publish it. Help me to print and launch this beautiful and meaningful manuscript!

by Livia Barreira in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Reino Unido

New stretch target

Thank you so much for helping me to reach the initial target. Extra funds will allow me to print more copies of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women and promote the book more widely. 


Please, read until the end and then spread the word!

“Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women” is my first book, and it features the stories of eight female migrants who have made Sheffield their home. They come from a wide range of backgrounds, covering different ages, races, and beliefs. They were born in places as distinct and varied as Angola, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Slovakia, Somaliland and Ukraine. Through hearing their stories, as told by them, we find out what is unique about each of them, and also what unites them as migrant women. Although these women have all chosen to lay down roots in the same UK city, many of the experiences they share and the challenges that they have had to overcome will be familiar to female migrants in many other parts of the world. One thing that they all have in common is that they are all special people who are contributing to their communities and adding so much diversity to Sheffield and the UK.

 

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Alongside the women who share their stories, this book is also being created in collaboration with other talented female migrants, including the illustrator Khozana Omar, the graphic designer Thais Bircak and the photographer Daniella Sasaki.

I have always loved connecting people. This book, in some way, is an eternal connection between myself, the interviewed women, the professionals involved and the readers in Sheffield and everywhere else.

 

About the author

I am a Brazilian journalist who is passionate about culture and diversity, and I have been living in the UK for 6 years. When I moved to the UK I encountered many challenges, including in finding work in the field of communication, which requires a high level of English. This was very frustrating, but I never gave up on being a communicator. It is a strong part of my identity, and I am a professional with a lot of creative and inclusive ideas. This was the motivation behind creating the Instagram account called @livinginsheffield, where I promote the city that welcomed me so well. I use the space to spread the word about interesting events across the city, promote great independent businesses, and share about the tours and workshops that I organise. This has strengthened my personal connection with Sheffield.

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Inspiration for this book

I have never found any books about female migrants that were written by migrant women in Sheffield. The aim of this book is to inspire and empower other female migrants, and to help the wider community to understand the difficulties that come with building a life in a new country. By sharing these stories, I also aim to show the positive impact that migrants can have.

In 2020, when we had our first lockdown in the UK, I felt completely lost. I was unemployed and reflecting a lot on what I wanted to do. I started to look through some emails that I had sent to myself a year earlier with some project ideas. They became the first sketches for this book – I had had the idea to write a book about my own experience as a female migrant in the UK, but I didn’t have the courage to execute it at that time. As I started to think about the idea for the book again, I also began thinking about the other female migrants that I had met on my journey in Sheffield. I started to make contact with them and asked if they would agree to reply to a questionnaire with some initial questions and if, afterwards, they would be happy for me to interview them (via Zoom) for the book. Based on these interviews I have been writing the stories of these inspirational women, highlighting the challenges that they have faced and the things that they have achieved.

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This is a book made by female migrants, about female migrants. However, the content inside should be read by anyone who appreciates diversity and wants to know more about how migration is an important matter in this country.

Now I am ready for the manuscript to be published. It is just expensive to self-publish it as the process include paying for the professionals’ services, the company that will print it, the proofreading, the ISBN number (every book an author wants to sell, needs to have this code) and delivery costs.

I know the resilience that is needed to adapt to life in a new country/culture and learn a new language as an adult, and I can say that completing this book will be my dream becoming a printed reality. And you all will also be part of it by supporting me to reach this important achievement!

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£18 or more

10 of 10 claimed

1 signed book + e-guide (pdf) + special event

SPECIAL REWARD! The first 10 people to select this option will receive an invitation to a special Living in Sheffield event (details TBA). You will receive a paperback copy of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery. You will also receive a digital Living in Sheffield guide to the best attractions in the city via email.

£7 or more

Digital copy of the book

You just put a BIG smile on my face! Thank you for supporting me! You will receive a pdf version of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women via email.

£15 or more

1 signed book

You are AWESOME! I can’t wait to share these stories with you! You will receive a paperback copy of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery.

£18 or more

1 signed book + e-guide

A MASSIVE THANK YOU for supporting my dream! You will receive a paperback copy of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery. You will also receive a digital Living in Sheffield guide to the best attractions in the city via email.

£28 or more

5 of 10 claimed

2 signed books + e-guide (pdf) + special event

SPECIAL REWARD! The first 10 people to select this option will receive an invitation to a special Living in Sheffield event (details TBA). You will receive 2 paperback copy of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery. You will also receive a digital Living in Sheffield guide to the best attractions in the city via email

£28 or more

2 signed books + e-guide (pdf)

BRILLIANT! This option is great for sharing with a friend! You will receive 2 paperback copies of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery. You will also receive a digital Living in Sheffield guide to the best attractions in the city via email.

£33 or more

1 signed book + e-guide (pdf) + thanks in the book

To say thank you for helping me produce this book,I AM GOING TO PUT YOU IN IT! You will receive a paperback copy of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery. You will also get a special mention in the book itself. You will also receive a digital Living in Sheffield guide to the best attractions in the city via email.

£63 or more

5 signed books + e-guide

YOU ARE A STAR! Perfect for a book club or reading group! You will receive 5 paperback copies of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery. You will also receive a digital Living in Sheffield guide to the best attractions in the city via email.

£88 or more

0 of 5 claimed

1 signed book + thanks [email protected]heffield feature

A SPECIAL OPTION FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES! You’ll receive a signed paperback copy of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women. Price includes UK delivery. You’ll also get a special mention in the book itself and will be featured on @livinginsheffield on Instagram. Good if you have a local small business/non-profit organisation & want to receive some support in exchange. Contact me if you are not sure if you are eligible for this.

£133 or more

10 books + thank you printed in the book

AN EXCELLENT OPTION FOR A LARGER GROUP! You will receive 10 paperback copies of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery. You will also get a special mention in the book itself.

£260 or more

0 of 3 claimed

15 books + thanks in the book + talk with Livia

I'D LOVE TO SHARE MORE DETAILS WITH YOU about the process of writing this book & the issues of female migration. You'll receive 15 paperback copies of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author. Price includes UK delivery. You'll also get a special mention in the book. Livia Barreira, will also visit you for a talk (this can be anywhere in the UK. Costs for travel/accommodation need to be covered by the organiser

£310 or more

0 of 3 claimed

20 books + thanks in the book + talk with Livia

I'D LOVE TO SHARE MORE DETAILS WITH YOU about the process of writing this book & the issues of female migration. You’ll receive 20 paperback copies of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author. Price includes UK delivery. You’ll also get a special mention in the book. Livia Barreira, will also visit you for a talk (this can be anywhere in the UK. Costs for travel/accommodation need to be covered by the organiser.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward

I WILL INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND LOGO ON THE COVER OF THE BOOK, with a special thanks for helping to make it a reality. I will also send you 20 paperback copies of Living in Sheffield: our journeys as migrant women, signed by the author, Livia Barreira. Price includes UK delivery. This unique opportunity will be great for an organisation that believes in the positive impact of migration

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