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Introducing Refugee Tales

We're hosting a free event with author Alex Preston, reading from his story The Witness' Tale, part of the anthology Refugee Tales II.  And Alex will be revealing plans for the 2019 Refugee Walk that comes through Alfristion in July.

Why will more than 100 walkers participate in a mass hike stretching from Brighton to Hastings? Enjoy a free reading by Alex (maybe you came to his brilliant reading when his book Kingfishers Catch Fire was published?). And learn more about the charitable group, which supports an awareness of refugee and immigrant issues, and the books it publishes.

Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, inspired by the experiences of people helpd in immigration detention.

This year, the group has arranged a fifth walk in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees. It aims to reclaim the landscape of South East England for the language of welcome. 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 hold a series of tales en route. Through that sharing of other people’s tales the project gatheres and communicates experiences of migration, seeking to show, in particular, what indefinite detention means.

Alex's reading and talk is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are helpful: e-mail by clicking here, please.