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Humanity behind the headlines : Refugee Tales & Voices from the Jungle (RBF)

November 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free - £5


Ticket sales are now disabled online, but there will still be tickets available on the door at the event.


Imagine being forced to abandon the only existence you have ever known. Imagine a terror that drives you to risk your life in an a desperate attempt to survive. Then imagine this: being reduced to a statistic, to terminology that inherently portrays you, who has lost everything but the breath in your lungs and the blood in your veins, as a problem. The reality is, we can’t. We can only try to extend our empathy beyond the confines of our experience and listen to the voices of those who have lived through this nightmare.

The media soundbites we hear ignore the voices of the people who experience the trauma of forced displacement. This event will bring together contributors from two anthologies giving voices to the silenced: Jackie Kay, with Refugee Tales and the editor of Voices from the Jungle.

Jackie Kay will be reading her contribution to Refugee Tales II: The Smuggled Person’s Tale. Modelled on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the second volume of Refugee Tales sets out to communicate the experiences of those who, having sought asylum in the UK, find themselves indefinitely detained. 

A wonderful way of re-humanising some of the most vulnerable and demonised people on the planet.’ – Shami Chakrabarti on Refugee Tales

Often called the `Jungle’, the refugee camp near Calais in Northern France epitomises for many the suffering, uncertainty and violence which characterises the situation of refugees in Europe today. Voices from the Jungle collects the astounding, inspiring, defiant stories of the people who have fled conflict-torn countries such as Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

Through its pages, the refugees speak to us in powerful, vivid language. They reveal their childhood dreams and struggles for education; the wars and persecution that drove them from their homes; their terror and strength during their extraordinary journeys. They expose the reality of living in the camp; tell of their lives after the `Jungle’ and their hopes for the future. Through their stories, the refugees paint a picture of a different kind of `Jungle’: one with a powerful sense of community despite evictions and attacks, and of a solidarity which crosses national and religious boundaries.

Sometimes just listening can be an act of welcome – come hear their stories.


Ticket sales are now disabled online, but there will still be tickets available on the door at the event.


This event is part of the Radical Book Fair: a four day, bookshop run  flea-market of books and ideas! At least half of all event places are free, but if you’re keen, and able to purchase places, please do book Supporter Event Vouchers or Book & Event Vouchers.
Supporter Vouchers are just £5, and are redeemable against the books showcased at each event – these vouchers help us cover the costs of the Fair and enable us to offer Free places to others so that we can make the Fair as accessible as possible. Please consider this when booking your places below!


November 16, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free - £5
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Lighthouse Bookshop
0131 662 9112


Assemby Roxy, Main Stage
2 Roxburgh Place
Edinburgh, EH8 9SU United Kingdom
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