Giving voices to the voiceless through literature
The Refugee Tales invites Vanessa Redgrave to read The Student’s Tale alongside novelist Neel Mukherjee reading The Soldier’s Tale. The project sets out to communicate the experiences of those who, having sought asylum in the UK, find themselves indefinitely detained.Over the past three years the Refugee Tales project has organised walks in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees, highlighting the fact that the UK is the only country in Europe that detains indefinitely under immigration rules.
Working directly in collaboration with those who have experienced the UK asylum system, and taking Chaucer’s great poem of journeying as a model, established writers have told a series of tales en route. Through that sharing of other people’s tales the project has gathered and communicated experiences of migration, seeking to show, in particular, what indefinite detention means and, in the process, calling for the practice to end.
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