The RSL Sharing Space

The RSL is sharing space – sharing its home(page) – and broadcasting writers’ stories of those who experience indefinite immigration detention in the UK and those who work with them. The RSL supports the Refugee Tales call for an end to indefinite detention. Over the next 28 days, you will find RSL Fellows’ Tales here, showing the power of literature to bring about change.

The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely under immigration rules. Refugee Tales calls for an immediate end to indefinite detention. In 28 Tales for 28 Days, writers and actors lend their words and voices to asylum seekers, refugees and people in indefinite detention.
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Today we share the last two tales ‘The Mother’s Tale’ by RSL President Marina Warner (read by Sinéad Cusack) and ‘The Smuggled Person’s Tale’ by RSL Fellow Jackie Kay (read by Nima Teleghani).

‘The telling of stories is an act of profound hospitality. It always has been; story is an ancient form of generosity, an ancient form that will tell us everything we need to know about the contemporary world. Story has always been a welcoming-in, is always one way or another a hospitable meeting of the needs of others, and a porous artform where sympathy and empathy are only the beginning of things. The individual selves we all are meet and transform in the telling into something open and communal.’

Ali Smith, RSL Fellow and Refugee Tales Patron

About Refugee Tales
Through Refugee Tales, writers collaborate with asylum seekers, refugees and people in indefinite detention to share their stories. Taking Chaucer’s great poem of journeying – Canterbury Tales – as a model, writers tell a series of tales as they walk in solidarity with detainees. As they walk, they create a space in which the language of welcome is the prevailing discourse.

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