Refugee Tales @ R:Fest (London)

22 Mar 2017 - 7.00PM

WEDNESDAY 22nd March

7.00-9.00 Moore Lecture Theatre, Royal Holloway University  

Refugee Tales

Professor David Herd (University of Kent) will talk about and present the University of Kent’s project, Refugees Tales. In the fourteenth century, Geoffrey Chaucer famously produced his Canterbury Tales, a series of stories told by fictional pilgrims en route from London to Canterbury. In June 2015 and July 2016, the project organised a walk from Dover to Crawley along the North Downs Way. Authors including Ali Smith, Chris Cleave and Marina Lewyska were invited to write tales for a modern version of the Canterbury Tales by working with refugees in Britain and to read their tales at a series of public events during the walk. The walk is an integral part of the project and offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the long and dangerous journeys that many refugees make in fleeing from war and persecution. In recognition of the importance of Magna Carta for English law and human rights, this year’s July walk will begin in Runnymede and end in Westminster.    

This event is FREE to attend.