Refugee Tales Books & Events


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

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Maps & Dreams: Patricia Thornton
Saturday 9 June 2018: 2pm – 4pm at the Martyrs Gallery, Star Brewery between Fisher Street & Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes, BN7 1YJ

A former FRESH AiR artist-in-residence, painter Patricia Thornton has built her new collection around news media images of conflict and displacement to explore the interplay between journeys literal and figurative.

An afternoon event during the exhibition which runs from 2 -22 June 2018.

Mary Barrett speaking about Refugee Tales.
Jonathan Cullen reading The Detainee’s Tale by Ali Smith.


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.
More from Ledbury Poetry Festival.