Refugee Tales: Readings with Jackie Kay and Sameena Zehra at Glasgow Women's Library

27 Jun 2019 - 2.30PM


27th June at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

These are not fictions. Nor are they testimonies from some distant, brutal past, but the frighteningly common experiences of Europe’s new underclass – its refugees. While those with ‘citizenship’ enjoy basic human rights, people seeking asylum can be detained for weeks, months or even years without certainty of release. In the Refugee Tales anthologies, poets and novelists retell the stories of individuals who have direct experience of Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. Presenting their accounts anonymously, as modern day counterparts to the pilgrims’ stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, these stories offer rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering.

Join us for an afternoon of storytelling with contributor to Volume II and Scots Makar Jackie Kay, and friend of the project,writer, comedian & storyteller Sameena Zehra. Introduced by Anna Pincus, who has worked with people in detention for over ten years with the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group and is a founder and co-editor of Refugee Tales.

Refugee Tales Walk

You can join the Refugee Tales walk before this event, a walk in solidarity with those who have experienced immigration detention. This will take place on Thursday, 27 June, leaving Kelvindale at 10am. The walk is 7.5 miles and finishes at Glasgow Women’s Library at 1.30pm where you can eat your packed lunch and rest before the Refugee Tales reading by Jackie Kay and Sameena Zehra. Please register your interest to walk with

In partnership with Comma Press and Refugee Tales. Part of the Refugee Festival Scotland.


There are two ticket options for this event: a £5 ticket and a £3 ticket. This event raises funds for a partner charity. Please choose the ticket which you feel most able to pay. We offer the £3 ticket if you are a Friend of GWL. Please book online below or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.

Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. They have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. A portable induction loop is available. For paid events free companion tickets are available.