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Saturday 13 June, 10am, Market Square, Dover.

What happened? Chaucer met Patience Agbabi, The Canterbury Tales met the Refugee Tales.

On this day around a hundred people – including writers such as Patience Agbabi, Ali Smith, Marina Lewycka, Dragan Todorovic and Michael Zand – began their own Canterbury Tales pilgrimage as part of Refugee Week. The Refugee Tales project – initiated by the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group – follows these modern pilgrims along the old Pilgrim’s Way from Dover to Crawley via Canterbury. It aims to share and circulate the stories of real people, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants whose tales have been told to the novelists and poets on this journey – and who, in turn, will collaborate and perform to let the world hear what those stories tell us now.

For more, read David Herd, Review in the Saturday Guardian, 12 June 2015 or go to http://www.refugeetales.org 

And don’t forget to read or download the full interview with Patience Agbabi on Telling Tales, her contemporary take on Chaucer. Go to medieval afterlives on main Bloomsbury website or back to the Home/About page on this site for the link

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