Refugee Tales was founded in 2015 to express solidarity with refugees, asylum-seekers and people who have experienced immigration detention. The UK is the only country in Europe to detain people indefinitely under immigration rules. The Refugee Tales project urgently calls for such detention to end. The project shares the stories of people who have experienced detention, whether as first-person narratives or, where anonymity is required, as collaborations with established writers.
To mark the publication of Refugee Tales IV, which coincides with the 70th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, this event will feature several contributors to the project: Pious, a volunteer worker with the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group who will speak from lived experience of detention, and writers Shami Chakrabarti, Amy Sackville and Kamila Shamsie. Combining panel discussion with readings from the new volume, the event will consider what the stories shared in Refugee Tales tell us about attitudes towards people seeking asylum and reflect on how far current practices have departed from the aspirations of the Convention. The event will be chaired by Professor David Herd, the volume’s co-editor.
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