Refugee Tales – The Books

Kamila Shamsie, a writer for Refugee Tales, says –
“We hear so many of the wrong words about refugees – ugly, limiting, unimaginative words – that it feels like a gift to find here so many of the right words which allow us to better understand the lives around us, and our own lives too.”

Scots Makar, Jackie Kay, recommended it in the Scottish Review of Books. It was her Pick of the Year!

Shami Chakrabarti wrote:
‘Refugee Tales is a wonderful way of re-humanising some of the most vulnerable and demonised people on the planet. This collection is both challenging and poignant. Readers will surely be moved to move their leaders to action.’


Comma Press Book Launch


Refugee Tales, 2016,
Refugee Tales II, 2017 and Refugee Tales III, 2019 are published by Comma Press  … or ask in your local good bookshop


In Refugee Tales, poets and novelists retell the stories of individuals who have directly experienced Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. Presenting their experiences anonymously, as modern day counterparts to the pilgrim’s stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the books offers rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering.

Writers in Volume 1: Patience Agbabi, Jade Amoli-Jackson, Chris Cleave, Stephen Collis, Inua Ellams, Abdulrazak Gurnah, David Herd, Marina Lewycka, Avaes Mohammad, Hubert Moore, Ali Smith, Dragan Todorovich, Carol Watts and Michael Zand.

in Volume 2:  Caroline Bergvall, Josh Cohen, Ian Duhig, Rachel Holmes, Jackie Kay, Olivia Laing, Helen Macdonald, Neel Mukherjee, Alex Preston, Kamila Shamsie & Marina Warner.

and in Volume 3: Monica Ali, Lisa Appignanesi, David Constantine, Bernardine Evaristo, Patrick Gale, Abdulrazak Gurnah, David Herd, Emma Parsons, Ian Sansom, Jonathan Skinner, Gillian Slovo, Lytton Smith, Roma Tearne & Jonathan Wittenberg.