Refugee Tales IV at Small Wonder Festival

26 Sep 2021 - 12.00PM

26th September 2021


£10-14 - tickets on sale here.

Small Wonder Festival is the UK's only festival dedicated to short stories and short form writing. 

Join Bidisha, writer, film maker and artist and novelist Rachel Seiffert as they discuss the themes of ‘Refugee Tales,’ a collection capturing the stories of those who have fled their countries and sought asylum in the UK, only to be detained and threatened in a place they thought they could finally properly call home. 

Bisisha and Rachel will read extracts from the collection, and share with us how the series came to be and what the process for capturing these vital stories is. They will also examine how on the 70th anniversary of the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention, which ‘endeavoured to assure refugees the widest possible exercise of these fundamental rights and Freedoms,’ its laws and obligations are failing and undermining the very notion of seeking asylum.

The event is held indoors in the Hay Barn, and is being sold at full capacity. 

About the authors:

Bidisha is a broadcaster, writer, film maker and artist. She specialises in international human rights, social justice, gender and the arts and offers political analysis, arts critique and cultural diplomacy tying these interests together. She writes for the main UK broadsheets and presents and commentates for BBC TV and radio, Channel 4 News and Sky News. Her fifth book, ‘Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London’ (2015), is based on her outreach work in UK prisons, refugee charities and detention centres. Her first film, ‘An Impossible Poison’, (2017) has been highly critically acclaimed and selected for numerous international film festivals. 

Rachel Seiffert has published four novels, ‘A Boy in Winter’, ‘The Dark Room’, ‘Afterwards’, and ‘The Walk Home’, and one collection of short stories, ‘Field Study’. In 2003, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, and in 2011, she received the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the Dublin/IMPAC Award, and longlisted three times for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, most recently in 2018. She currently teaches at Birkbeck, University of London, and runs workshops for young writers with First Story.