Refugee Tales Books & Events


Refugee Tales, 2016 and Refugee Tales II, 2017 are published by Comma Press  … or ask in your local good bookshop! More details here

Listen here to The Appellant’s Tale written and read by David Herd


Refugee Stories: Changing the Narrative
Wednesday 20 June 2018: 9.30am at Heythrop College, 23 Kensington Square, London W8 5HN

Sarah Teather (Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK)
Professor David Herd (University of Kent)
Dr Joshua Ralston (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Liam Hayes (CAFOD, UK)

Besides the stories told about refugees, there are also the stories waiting to be told by refugees. Who takes the time to encounter those seeking asylum? Where is the refugee’s voice? Who listens? What is their story?
This conference will be the fruit of a unique collaboration between the Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, bringing together academics working in theology and related disciplines, practitioners serving refugees, and – most importantly – those seeking asylum themselves.

A day conference. Details from Heythrop College


Ledbury Poetry Festival
Saturday 30 June 2018: 10am – 11am at the Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW

Introduced  by Anna Pincus, a co-organiser and a founder of Refugee Tales with readings by Patrick Gale and Jackie Kay.
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Radical Mischief: A Conference Inviting Experiment in Theatre, Thought and Politics
Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July 2018: at The Other Place and the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

Readings and discussion of Refugee Tales


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Wednesday 22 August 2018: 3.15pm to 4.15pm at the Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 4DR

Jackie Kay & Kamila Shamsie share Refugee Tales which may otherwise never be safely told.

Tickets go on sale at 8:30am on Tuesday 26 June. How to Book.


Wye Pilgrims Festival
Saturday 29 September 2018: at St Gregory and St Martin Church, 38 Church St, Wye, Kent, TN25 5BL

A Refugee Tales Walk and Presentation with David Herd and Hubert Moore.

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