28 tales for 28 days
Tales and Comma Press are launching ’28 Tales for 28 Days’ (#28for28 ) on 11 September.
Rooted in the work
of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, and supported by the University
of Kent, Refugee Tales shares the tales 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 28 days on the website www.28for28.org.
Events for the book
which have taken place across Manchester and the North West at various
festivals and have always been well supported, and a number of the tales
recorded for this project were recorded in Manchester with local actors such as
Maxine Peake and Julie Hesmondhalgh.
collaborations between people who have experienced detention, or people who have
worked with those detained, by writers such as Kamila Shamsie, Ali Smith, Neel
Mukherjee, Jackie Kay, Marina Warner, Inua Ellams and Patrick Gale. They are
read on film by actors such as Christopher Eccleston, Niamh Cusack, Zoe
Wanamaker, Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake making a call for an end to indefinite
detention to a new audience. Crucially, at the end of 28 Tales for 28 Days, a
tale will be read in Westminster taking the tales to parliamentarians who have
the power to bring about legislative change and end the injustice of