Let us tell you a story…about 5 #RefugeeFestScot literary events!

Storytelling events and a book launch have made it into our selection of literary events that take place during Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

If you are based in Glasgow, you are spoilt for choice. On Sunday, June 23, there are two literary events – one in the city centre, one in the South Side – and they are both free to attend! The Sea of Paperwork: Book Launch takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) from 3-4pm. It explores asylum issues and the reasons for seeking asylum.

From 4-7pm on Sunday, June 23, you can attend a poetry and storytelling event at Kinning Park Complex. Scotland Our New Home is an original production by members of Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment (MORE). It depicts their daily experiences, hopes, aspirations, and most importantly celebrates their strength, courage, resilience, achievement and contribution to Scotland through poetry and storytelling.

If you are looking for something to do in Inverness on Sunday, June 23, why don’t you join Fiona Frank and Ellen Galford to hear family stories of Jewish migration over the last 100 years and share your own stories over a delicious kosher buffet? Fiona Frank’s book Candles, Conversions and Class follows five generations of one Scottish Jewish family. Writer Ellen Galford tells stories of her own ancestors who came from Russia to the US in the early 1900s. Telling Your Family Story with Fiona Frank and Ellen Galford takes place on Sunday, June 23 from 3-5.30pm at the Shimca Centre in Inverness. This is a free but ticketed event.

On Saturday, June 29, Glasgow Women’s Library celebrates Refugee Festival Scotland with an afternoon of spoken word and performances by local refugee groups on the theme of Belonging. Play a version of the childhood game Hopscotch, inspired by local Iranian Artist Paria Goodarzi, and get the chance to create your own tote bag design in a screen printing workshop. Stories of Belonging takes place at Glasgow Women’s Library on Saturday, June 29 from 1-3pm. This event is free but ticketed.

Another event taking place at Glasgow Women’s Library is Refugee Tales: Readings with Jackie Kay and Sameena Zehra on Thursday, June 27 from 2.30-4pm. Refugee Tales relates through heartfelt and harrowing short stories the experiences of people caught up indefinitely in the UK asylum process. Two local contributors to the project, Scots Makar Jackie Kay and actor and storyteller Sameena Zehra, share tales which may otherwise never be safely told. Tickets are £3/£5.