- Book now for 'Lifting the Curtain: Theatre and Censorship' 27 September | Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ella Hickson, Gillian Slovo. Chaired by Richard Eyre.
- Book now for 'Truth to Life' celebrating Seamus Heaney 5 October | Inua Ellams, Sinéad Morrissey. Chaired by Andrew O'Hagan.
- Book now for 'What is Private?' 16 October | Blake Morrison, Ramita Navai.
- Book now for our 'Peace Poetry' events in Birmingham, Liverpool and London
- Book now for 'Literature Matters: Writing and Frankness' 22 November | Deborah Levy, Adam Phillips, Amia Srinivasan, Matthew Sweet
- Book now for 'Criminal Minds' 2 December | Ian Rankin, Maxim Jakubowski
- Listen to Shami Chakrabati Nicolette Jones, Rebecca McNally and Katherine Rundell discuss the 'Harry Potter effect'.
- Pascale Petit wins the 2018 RSL Ondaatje Prize with her poetry collection 'Mama Amazonica'
- 40 new Fellows under 40 were welcomed on 27 June 2018
- Fellows sign the RSL Roll Book using Byron's pen or T.S. Eliot's fountain pen
- Blake Morrison visits Appleton Academy as part of our Schools Outreach programme
- Read our 'Literature in Britain Today' report, published 1 March 2017
- Apply now for an RSL Literature Matters Award
- An unprecedented 31 new Fellows were elected in June 2018
- Listen to Reni Eddo-Lodge, Bernardine Evaristo and Heidi Safi Mirza discuss writing about race, feminism and class
The RSL Sharing Space
The RSL is sharing space – sharing its home(page) – and broadcasting writers’ stories of those who experience indefinite immigration detention in the UK and those who work with them. The RSL supports the Refugee Tales call for an end to indefinite detention. Over the next 28 days, you will find RSL Fellows’ Tales here, showing the power of literature to bring about change.
The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely under immigration rules. Refugee Tales calls for an immediate end to indefinite detention. In 28 Tales for 28 Days, writers and actors lend their words and voices to asylum seekers, refugees and people in indefinite detention.
Today’s tale is by RSL Fellow Kamila Shamsie, who reads ‘The Lover’s Tale’ from Refugee Tales: Volume I.
‘The telling of stories is an act of profound hospitality. It always has been; story is an ancient form of generosity, an ancient form that will tell us everything we need to know about the contemporary world. Story has always been a welcoming-in, is always one way or another a hospitable meeting of the needs of others, and a porous artform where sympathy and empathy are only the beginning of things. The individual selves we all are meet and transform in the telling into something open and communal.’
Ali Smith, RSL Fellow and Refugee Tales Patron
About Refugee Tales
Through Refugee Tales, writers collaborate with asylum seekers, refugees and people in indefinite detention to share their stories. Taking Chaucer’s great poem of journeying – Canterbury Tales – as a model, writers tell a series of tales as they walk in solidarity with detainees. As they walk, they create a space in which the language of welcome is the prevailing discourse.
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