28 Tales for 28 Days

by Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group in London, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £15,355

raised so far



Following the success of our 28 Tales for 28 Days crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group in London, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 2nd August 2018 we'd raised £12,185 with 170 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

New stretch target, same aim

 £9,000 raised in 16 days!  Many of you are strangers to us but your generosity has been overwhelming. 

We’ve watched with wonder as one lone person in the seemingly indifferent crowd turned towards us and stood up to applaud what we’re trying to do, then another, and another. With this rising tide of support, Refugee Tales' call to end indefinite detention grows louder. If we can reach our stretch target of  £12,000 before 12.35pm on Thursday 2nd August, we can achieve something we didn’t dream of when we started our crowdfunding adventure: not only to complete the film project but also bring many more people who have been detained to join us when we walk.  With your help to pay for train and coach fares and mats and sleeping bags in our basic accommodation, those who have experienced detention will become part of the walking community that shares tales and calls for a time limit for immigration detention, making that call even stronger. Thank you. 

  “No-one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile” (Article 9, Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948). 70 years later, please help to make this basic principle apply in the UK to all. 

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £12,185 thanks to 170 wonderful supporters. We are now continuing to accept donations to enable us to keep fighting for a 28 day time limit for immigration detention. Find out more about our original plans below.

There’s an injustice you may not know about, taking place in this country right now. You may be aware that people seeking asylum are increasingly subjected to detention in other countries: in the USA, in Australia, to name just two  countries that have recently hit the news. What you may not know is that the UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely under immigration rules and that in 2017 over 27,000 people were detained indefinitely in removal centres all around the UK. The conditions in the centres are frequently like prison and there is no judicial oversight of the process of detaining people. Not knowing how long incarceration will last has a terrible effect upon their mental health.  

Stories transform: to draw attention to the fact that the UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely, and to call for that policy to end, the charity Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group uses The Canterbury Tales as a model for sharing experiences of those who have been detained. Every year Refugee Tales goes on a long walk, and everywhere it stops the stories of people who have been held in indefinite detention are shared. Authors of the tales include writers such as Ali Smith and Abdulrazak Gurnah, who are the  patrons of Refugee Tales. There are two books of Tales (written and told on the walks of 2015, 16, and17) published by Comma Press. Refugee Tales calls for an end to indefinite detention and a 28 day time limit for detention.

28 Tales for 28 Days is a new initiative to highlight the call for a time limit and to extend conversations about indefinite detention. Actors such as Jeremy Irons, Christopher Eccleston, Shobu Kapoor, Zoe Wanamaker and Niamh Cusack and writers such as Kamila Shamsie, Patience Agbabi and Neel Mukherjee will be filmed reading the tales of those who have experienced detention and those who have worked with them. All writers and actors will donate their work. Studio space is also donated. The funding we need is for filming, editing and distribution. The total cost of the project is £13,070 and we have raised £4,070 so far before starting our crowdfunding for £9,000.

One by one: 28 Tales will appear online each day over 28 days taking our message to a new audience. Crucially, the 28th 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 indefinite immigration detention. 

As Ali Smith wrote: 'We will tell it like it is, and we will work towards the better imagined'.


This project offered rewards

£20 or more

eBook copy of Refugee Tales

When Refugee Tales III is released in Spring 2019, you will receive an eBook copy of Refugee Tales: Volume III which includes tales by Bernardine Evaristo and Patrick Gale.

£50 or more

Comma Press paperback book

Comma Press publish Refugee Tales anthologies. Comma puts the short story at the heart of contemporary narrative culture and you will receive one of their publications. This reward enables you to receive a book from Comma's publication list that is not Refugee Tales.

£150 or more

Refugee Tales t-shirt and eBook

Refugee Tales t-shirt and an eBook copy of Refugee Tales: Volume III when it is published in 2019.

£250 or more

Name in Volume III of Refugee Tales

Your name will appear in Volume III of Refugee Tales (to be published in 2019) with our thanks. Refugee Tales Volume III will include tales by Bernardine Evaristo and Patrick Gale.

£500 or more

Guest seat + gift box + your name in Volume III

You will have a seat reserved at the final event of the Refugee Tales walk in July 2019. The final event will include the telling of a Tale, music, and celebration of the Refugee Tales project. The gift box will include a t-shirt and your name will appear in Refugee Tales Volume III with our thanks.

£1,000 or more

Signed Book plus all £500 rewards

You will receive a copy of Refugee Tales signed by a writer or actor who is part of the project + gift box + seat at Refugee Tales finale event in July 2019 + your name in Refugee Tales Volume III with our thanks.

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