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Refugee Tales III
27th June 2019

By the Refugee Tales team:

With nationalism and the far right on the rise across Europe and North America, there has never been a more important moment to face up to what we, in Britain, are doing to those who seek sanctuary. Still the UK detains people indefinitely under immigration rules. Bail hearings go unrecorded, people are picked up without notice, and individuals feel abandoned in detention centres with no way of knowing when they will be released.

In Refugee Tales III we read the stories of people who have been through this process, many of whom have yet to see their cases resolved and who live in fear that at any moment they might be detained again. Poets, novelists and writers have once again collaborated with people who have experienced detention, their tales appearing alongside first-hand accounts by people who themselves have been detained. What we hear in these stories are the realities of the hostile environment, the human costs of a system that disregards rights, that denies freedoms and suspends lives.

Refugee Tales III is the third anthology to be published in the Refugee Tales series by Comma Press, in partnership with Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group. The new book will feature tales as told to and rewritten by Bernardine Evaristo, Gillian Slovo, Ian Sansom, David Constantine, Jonathan Wittenberg, Patrick Gale, Roma Tearne, Jonathan Skinner, Lisa Appignanesi, Monica Ali, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Emma Parsons & Lytton Smith.

For the first time in the series, tales by acclaimed authors sit alongside first-hand accounts from refugees themselves.

Published to coincide with Refugee Week 2019 and the 5th annual Refugee Tales Walk, Refugee Tales III will be released on the 4th July and is available to pre-order now from:

All proceeds go to Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group and Kent Help for Refugees. Upcoming Refugee Tales events include:

27th June – Readings with Jackie Kay and Sameena Zahra at Glasgow Women’s Library

3rd July – Patrick Gale & Editor Anna Pincus at Penzance Literary Festival

5th July – Refugee Tales Walk 2019 (with unticketed evening events)

All event details can be found at

Praise for the series

‘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”’ – The Glasgow Review of Books ‘

A book which I hope will change the world – or at least begin to.’ – The Yorkshire Post

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