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Refugee Tales: Readings with Jackie Kay and Sameena Zehra

27th June at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

£3 – £5
Refugee Tales Volume II Book Cover. Credit: Comma Press

These are not fictions. Nor are they testimonies from some distant, brutal past, but the frighteningly common experiences of Europe’s new underclass – its refugees. While those with ‘citizenship’ enjoy basic human rights, people seeking asylum can be detained for weeks, months or even years without certainty of release. In the Refugee Tales anthologies, poets and novelists retell the stories of individuals who have direct experience of Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. Presenting their accounts anonymously, as modern day counterparts to the pilgrims’ stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, these stories offer rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering.

Refugee Tales, Thursday 27th June, 2.30pm to 4pm, £5/£3

Refugee Tales Volume II Book Cover. Credit: Comma Press
Refugee Tales Volume II Book Cover. Credit: Comma Press

Join us for an afternoon of storytelling with contributor to Volume II and Scots Makar Jackie Kay, and friend of the project, writer, comedian and storyteller Sameena Zehra. Introduced by Anna Pincus, who has worked with people in detention for over ten years with the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group and is a founder and co-editor of Refugee Tales.

‘A wonderful way of re-humanising some of the most vulnerable and demonised people on the planet.’ – Shami Chakrabarti

‘This stark short story collection will shake you to the core’ – Reader’s Digest

 ‘All the tales in the two volumes are at once deeply personal and “world-sized”, and the question of how best to convey both their specificity and their representativeness is clearly a significant one for the writers involved.’ – The Glasgow Review of Books

In partnership with Comma Press and Refugee Tales. Part of the Refugee Festival Scotland.



There are two ticket options for this event: a £5 ticket and a £3 ticket. This event raises funds for a partner charity. Please choose the ticket which you feel most able to pay. We offer the £3 ticket if you are a Friend of GWL. Please book online below or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.



Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. We have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our larger Events Space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available. For paid events free companion tickets are available.

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Refugee Tales (27/6/2019) £3£3.00


27th June
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
£3 – £5
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