Writing East Midlands is sharing space – sharing our website – and broadcasting writers’ stories of those who experience indefinite immigration detention in the UK and those who work with them. Many other organisations including the Royal Society of Literature and Literature Cambridge are doing the same. Over 28 days, you will find tales here, showing the fundamental power of literature to bring about change.

The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely for administrative purposes and without judicial oversight under immigration rules. Rooted in the work of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group,  and supported by the University of Kent, Refugee Tales shares the tales of those who have been indefinitely detained in immigration detention. To highlight the call for a 28 day time limit for immigration detention, Refugee Tales is releasing 28 tales online – one each day over 28 days on the website www.28for28.org Writers and actors lend their words and voices to asylum seekers, refugees and people in indefinite detention. Writing East Midlands supports the Refugee Tales call for an end to indefinite detention.



The Youtube Channel

Click here to visit the #28for28 Youtube channel to watch all 28 tales – one for every day.

About Refugee Tales

Through Refugee Tales, writers collaborate with asylum seekers, refugees and people in indefinite detention who share their stories. Taking Chaucer’s great poem of journeying – Canterbury Tales – as a model, writers tell a series of tales as they walk in solidarity with detainees. As they walk, they create a space in which the language of welcome is the prevailing discourse.


About Writing East Midlands’ Work With Refugees

Since 2016 Writing East Midlands has been working with over 260 individual refugees, asylum seekers and new arrivals in Leicester, Nottingham and Derby.  We have run over 142 creative sessions with 889 creative engagements, and 1778 hours of creative activity for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.  As part of this inspiring project, we’ve held showcases as part of Literary Festivals in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester and published an anthology of the group’s creative work called ‘Riding on Solomon’s Carpet’, along with a Creative Toolkit which has been distributed to participants and stakeholders, strengthening the group’s networks and inter-connectedness as well as making new links to mainstream and settled local people.

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