We’re pleased to be supporting a new initiative from Refugee Tales and Comma Press, which aims to highlight the situation faced by those in indefinite detention in the UK.
Freedom of expression has always been at the core of what the National Centre for Writing stands for, and we have a long association with the International Cities of Refuge Network which provides shelter to writers, journalists and artists at risk of persecution.
Rooted in the work of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, and supported by the University of Kent, Refugee Tales shares the stories of those who have been indefinitely detained in immigration detention. The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely for administrative purposes without judicial oversight. To highlight the call for a 28 day time limit for immigration detention, Refugee Tales is releasing 28 tales online, one each day over the next 28 days.
The effort is supported by writers Kamila Shamsie, Ali Smith, Neel Mukherjee, Jackie Kay, Marina Warner, Inua Ellams and Patrick Gale.