World Literature

Refugee Tales: Marina Lewycka & Dragan Todorovic

  • 20
  • Oct




Image of Dragan Todorovic in a pillared porch with a backdrop of countryside


Those with 'citizenship' enjoy basic human rights – like the right not to be detained for more than 14 days without charge. Unfortunately, these rights do not extend to some of the most vulnerable people in society. To raise awareness of the detainee, asylum seeker and refugee experience in this country, and to call for an end to indefinite detention, The Refugee Tales Project commissioned 14 authors to work with refugees who had direct experience of Britain's detention system, re-telling their stories anonymously as a modern day equivalent to The Canterbury Tales.

Tonight, Marina Lewycka (author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and herself born in a refugee camp), and the poet and novelist Dragan Todorovic (author of Diary of Interrupted Days) tell two of these stories. This event is presented in partnership with Comma Press, and chaired by Lynne Fanthome.