Refugee Tales at Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival

21 Feb 2018 - 5.30PM - 3.50

Join us on Mother Language Day to hear these incredible stories from Refugee Tales as part of Manchester’s UNESCO City of Literature series and Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival to mark Mother Language Day - a worldwide celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Stories shape the world we live in and, by sharing them, we have the power to make change and connect. In these extraordinary times, the stories in Refugee Tales II, Comma Press, cast a light on a global crisis, immigration, and are told as a modern re-working of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Written by top authors, in collaboration with refugees, these unique stories are not of some distant, brutal past but of Europe’s new underclass – its refugees. The project’s second book of Refugee Tales tells of real-life refugees whose travels to the UK have been blighted by challenge and crisis.

“…a wonderful way of re-humanising some of the most vulnerable and demonised people on the planet. This collection is both challenging and poignant” – Shami Chakrabarti

“A courageous book, it offers the reader great solace. It gives faces to the faceless, and voices to the voiceless, humanizing the people that our society demonises”  – Jackie Kay

Join us for readings from 3 contributors, with refreshments served after the event.

Ian Duhig has won the National Poetry Competition twice. He worked for 15 years with homeless people, and has held Fellowships at Lancaster, Leeds, Durham and Newcastle Universities. He was the Northern Arts Literary Fellow in 2000 and the 2003 International Writer Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. He has published several poetry collections: The Bradford Count (1991), shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection); The Mersey Goldfish (1995), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize; Nominies (1998), named as one of the 1998 Sunday Times Poetry Books of the Year, and receiving a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation; Lammas Hireling (2003), a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year); and The Speed of Dark (2007), shortlisted for the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2007 Costa Poetry Award.

David Herd is a poet, critic, and teacher. He has given readings and lectures in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, the USA and the UK, and his poems, essays and reviews have been widely published in magazines, journals and newspapers. His collections of poetry include All Just (2012), Outwith (2012) and Through (2016). His critical work includes Contemporary Olson (ed.), Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature and John Ashbery and American Poetry. He is currently writing a book on modern poetry and the state of exception. His recent writings on the politics of human movement have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Parallax and Almost Island. In 2011 he co-founded the ‘Sounds New Poetry Festival’ and he is a co-organiser of the project Refugee Tales. He supervises doctoral projects in the area of Modern Literature and is Head of the School of English at the University of Kent.

Anna Pincus is a founder and co-ordinator of Refugee Tales, and has worked for Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group for over 10 years, supporting people held in immigration detention and the volunteers who visit them weekly, managing outreach work and raising awareness about the campaign to end indefinite detention. She co-edited both volumes of Refugee Tales alongside David Herd, which were published by Comma press in 2016 and 2017.

Suitable for: Age 14+
Venue: Rochdale Pioneers Museum 
Price: £3.50 - tickets available via Eventbrite