Refugee Tales – The Book

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, recently recommended it in the Scottish Review of Books. It was her ‘Pick of the Year’! Here is Jackie’s eloquent recommendation:

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Comma Press Book Launch


REFUGEE TALES : available now!

Comma Press published the Refugee Tales.  It was previewed at the Hay Festival June 2016 with appearances by the editors and Patience Agbabi and Marina Lewycka. The book was launched in London at the ICA on Friday 8 July 2016 when Ali Smith read ‘The Detainee’s Tale’ and Billy Bragg performed. The Kent launch of the book was at the University of Kent in Canterbury in June 2016 as part of the Whitstable Biennale.

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 book offers rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering.

Shami Chakrabarti
‘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.’

Writers in the collection are: 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.