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


Many of the Refugee Tales are now available to hear via the 28for28.org website.

This astounding resource has the Tales which were released over 28 days.
Listen and watch as each is read by either by the writer or a celebrated actor.


2018 Cultural Harmony Week, State University of New York at Geneseo, USA

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 2.30-3.45pm, MacVittie College Union Ballroom,  1 College Circle, SUNY Geneseo, NY 14454, USA

“Art, Activism and Ending Detention: Refugee Tales”

Anna Pincus, Outreach and Senior Caseworker, Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group.
David Herd, Professor of Modern Literature, School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury.

Herd and Pincus are the co-organizers of Refugee Tales, a walk in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and detainees. As an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, the project is inspired by the experiences of those held in immigration detention at Gatwick. Herd and Pincus work directly in collaboration with those who have experienced the UK asylum system. Through that sharing of other people’s tales, the project seeks to communicate experiences of migration and make visible indefinite detention.

Details are available here

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 7.00pm, Tower Room, Doty Hal, Park Street, SUNY Geneseo, NY 14454, USA

Poetry Reading: David Herd, author of All Just and Through

Herd’s poetry explores what it means to be political in contemporary times, particularly in relation to hidden spaces of detention, such as the undocumented, unrecorded decision process facing refugees and asylum seekers. He will read poems that offer ways to both bear witness and take action, poems that help us reflect on the ways we, too, are caught up in human detainment.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11.00am, Rm 114, GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union Ballroom, 1 College Circle, SUNY Geneseo, NY 14454, USA

Presentation: Working With Those Indefinitely Detained in the UK

Anna Pincus, Outreach and Senior Caseworker, Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group.

The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely for immigration purposes. The tyranny of uncertainty about the future destroys the mental health of those detained. This talk describes challenges of the work, and how one charity has responded at a time when migrants are frequently vilified in the media.

Friday, October 19, 2018, 12:30 – 4:00pm,  Village Park (across from Brodie Hall), College Circle, SUNY Geneseo, NY 14454, USA

A Walk In Solidarity for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Detainees,

Since 2015, the Refugee Tales project has walked in solidarity with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigration Detainees. The walk is an opportunity to reclaim the landscape by bringing visibility to all forms of detention. In collaboration with David Herd and Anna Pincus, SUNY Geneseo will host its own walk by gathering to understand the experiences of migration and indefinite detention.


Refugee Support Conference 2018

Monday 5 November 2018, 0930 – 1300: at St Saviours Church, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, GU1 4QD

Celebrating, Reflecting and Learning

What more can we do?

Join Bishop Andrew, Maurice Wren (CEO of Refugee Council) and other leading figures for a morning of learning from experiences and testimonies from across Surrey and the nation.
Jonathan Cullen of the RSC will be reading one of ‘The Tales’

More details are available here and a flyer for the event is here.


Stroud Book Festival 2018

Saturday 10th November 2018 15.30-17.00: Lansdown Hall, Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BB

Bernardine Evaristo and Patrick Gale read from Refugee Tales

More details are available here.
Tickets £8: Available from Stroud Subscription Rooms.


Being Human – A Festival of the Humanities

Thursday 15th November 2018, 1800-20.00: AV Theatre, Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH

Walking with Refugee Tales (illustrated talk) David Herd

David Herd, co-organiser and co-editor of Refugee Tales, will give an illustrated talk introducing the history and aims of the project at the AV Theatre in Canterbury Cathedral. The talk will discuss indefinite detention in the UK and will explain how the project makes its call for such detention to end.

More details and tickets available here.

Friday 16th November 2018, 1800-20.00: The Crypt, Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH

Walking with Refugee Tales (Performance)

In ‘Walking with Refugee Tales (Performance)’, audience members will be taken to different stations in the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral, where they will hear stories from the Refugee Tales project, including The Prologue, The Visitor’s Tale, The Appellant’s Tale and The Refugee’s Tale. Stories will be read by Refugee Tales contributors, Patience Agbabi (former Canterbury Laureate), Hubert Moore (writing mentor at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture) and David Herd (Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent and a co-organiser of Refugee Tales)

More details and tickets available here.