’28 Tales for 28 days’

‘28 Tales for 28 Days’ is a new initiative to highlight the call for a time limit and to extend conversations about indefinite detention. Actors including Jeremy Irons, Christopher Eccleston, Shobu Kapoor, Maxine Peake, Zoe Wanamaker and Niamh Cusack and writers Kamila Shamsie, Patience Agbabi, Neel Mukherjee and others will be filmed reading the tales of those who have experienced detention and those who have worked with them. All writers and actors will donate their work. Studio space is also donated.

One by one – 28 Tales will appear online each day over 28 days taking our message to a new audience. Crucially, the 28th tale will be read in Westminster taking the tales to parliamentarians who have the power to bring about legislative change and end the injustice of immigration detention.

Details of their release will be here but also on our Twitter account and on Facebook.


We have now raised all funding for filming, editing and distribution.

Many of you are strangers to us but your generosity has been overwhelming.
We’ve watched with wonder as one lone person in the seemingly indifferent crowd turned towards us and stood up to applaud what we’re trying to do, then another, and another. With this rising tide of support, Refugee Tales’ call to end indefinite detention grows louder. We reached and exceeded our stretch target of  £12,000 and we achieved something we didn’t dream of when we started our crowdfunding adventure: not only the chance to complete the film project but also bring many more people who have been detained to join us when we walk.  With your help to pay for train and coach fares and mats and sleeping bags in our basic accommodation, those who have experienced detention will become part of the walking community that shares tales and calls for a time limit for immigration detention, making that call even stronger. Thank you.
  “No-one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile” (Article 9, Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948).  70 years later, please help to make this basic principle apply in the UK to all.


Listen to Maxine Peake


As Ali Smith wrote –

‘We will tell it like it is, and we will work towards the better imagined.’