Walkers take to the border for Refugee Tales 2019

Once again highlighting the fact that the UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely under immigration rules, Refugee Tales 2019 will see walkers making their way from Brighton to Hastings from 6-10 July.

Authors such as Monica Ali, Lisa Appignanesi, Abdulrazak Gurnah and David Constantine will join people who have experienced detention to offer a series of talks and testimonies along the route.

Now in its fifth year, the project, co-organised by Professor David Herd of the University’s School of English, will reiterate its call for an end to indefinite detention.

This year’s walk will also mark the fact that many of those walking have sought asylum in the UK but have seen no change in their circumstances in the past five years: still unable to work, still required to sustain themselves on £5 per day, still constantly vulnerable to re-detention.

As the walk makes its way along the coast, other speakers including Bridget Anderson, Helen Barr and Ali Smith will consider what it means to think ‘Beyond the Border’.

To mark the fifth year of the walk, Comma Press has published Refugee Tales III, a volume which brings together testimonies and collaborations from the past two years of the project.

Professor Herd said: ‘The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely under immigration rules, with over 26,000 people detained in this way in the year ending June 2018. Such detention remains the threat that underpins the hostile environment. Refugee Tales calls for that policy to end.’

Professor Herd co-organises Refugee Tales with Anna Pincus and colleagues at the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. To learn more about the project see here.