Refugee Tales III is out on 11th July – available to pre-order here now!

In Refugee Tales III we read the stories of people who have experienced immigration detention, many of whom have yet to see their cases resolved and who live in fear that at any moment they might be detained again. Poets, novelists and writers have once again collaborated with people who have experienced detention, their tales appearing alongside first-hand accounts by people who themselves have been detained. What we hear in these stories are the realities of the hostile environment, the human costs of a system that disregards rights, that denies freedoms and suspends lives.

‘We hear so many of the wrong words about refugees – ugly, limiting, unimaginative words – that it feels like a gift to find here so many of the right words which allow us to better understand the lives around us, and our own lives too.’ – Kamila Shamsie

All profits go to the Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group and Kent Help for Refugees.


Alex Preston writes for The Observer about the importance of books that help us understand the refugee crisis, including Refugee Tales III, highlighting David Constantine’s ‘The Orphan’s Tale’ which gives voice to M, a traumatised child from Sierra Leone, orphaned by the civil war there.

Monica Ali discusses the UK’s use of immigration detention centres and indefinite detention on BBC Radio 4’s A Point of View.

Read Jonathan Wittenberg’s ‘The Erased Person’s Tale’ featured as The Guardian’s Long Read.

Read Lisa Appignanesi’s ‘The Dancer’s Tale’ on Refugee Hosts.