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Refugee Tales with Seeing Things

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

Seeing things

Seeing thingsWhat: Refugee Tales – readings with Jackie Kay and Sameena Zehra

(Due to unforeseen circumstances Jackie Kay will not be able to attend this event. We will play the video recording of ‘The Smuggled Person’s Tale’ as told to Jackie Kay, read by actor Nima Teleghani, and the event will include a reading by Sameena Zehra and a discussion between her and Anna Pincus, as previously planned.)

When: Thursday 27th June, 2.30 – 4.30 pm

 Where: Glasgow Women’s Library – 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP

Who With: Doreen

Why you should join us: Refugee Tales is an anthology in which poets and novelists retell the stories of individuals who have direct experience of Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. This means people seeking asylum can be detained for weeks, months, or even years without certainty of release. The accounts in the anthology will offer a rare, intimate glimpse in suffering that is otherwise untold.

Friend of the project, writer, comedian and storyteller Sameena Zehra will read from Refugee Tales, and we will watch a video of ‘The Smuggled Person’s Tale’ as told to Jackie Kay. The event will be 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. You can find out more information here.

The event starts at 2.30 pm and there will be some seats reserved for the Seeing Things group. It will last until approximately 4 pm, when there will be some time to have tea in the library & chat about everything that we have heard. As always, travel expenses up to £5 can be covered.

Accessibility: 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.


This trip is for women only* and is free to attend. Travel expenses up to £5 can be covered. Please email emily.ilett@womenslibrary.org.uk or call the library on 0141 550 2267 to book your place. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know.

*All women-only events are inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people.



27th June
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267


Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267