Refugee Hosts is pleased to share this announcement on behalf of Dr Tahir Zaman. Make sure you reserve a ticket for the Voices from the ‘Jungle’ launch event which takes place in Shoreditch, London, on Friday 21 April. The event will comprise of a panel reading and discussion of the new book Voices from the ‘Jungle’. The book features stories from those who experienced life in the Calais Camp, and offers a critical insight into the role narration, storytelling and creativity can play in enhancing our understanding of displacement. You can also read our Refugee Hosts blog and our creative archive. for more on the theme of narrative and displacement, which we will be exploring in more detail through a series of creative writing and translation workships with nine local communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey affected by conflict-induced displacement from Syria.



Pluto Press and the Centre for Narrative Research, School of Social Sciences, University of East London presents


Friday 21 April 2017, RichMix Shoreditch

In a nutshell

A panel reading and discussion of ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’’- stories of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp residents in their own words.

Go on…

‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’’ presents the stories of residents of the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in their own words– from their childhoods, through times of violence and harassment in their own countries, and their difficult, often terrifying journeys, to their time in the camp, and what happened to them afterwards. A panel of artists, policymakers and academics introduces the book. Accompanied by showings of the writers’ own photographic and artwork.

What to Expect

Panel reading and presentations, audience discussion and slideshows.

Who’s Involved

Panel members:

Lliana Bird – Help Refugees

JJ Bola – writer

Chila Burman – artist

Babak Inaloo –  film-maker and student, Université Lille 3

Katrine Moeller Hansen – Voices from the ‘Jungle’ co-editor, University of Copenhagen and Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London;

Members of the UEL refugee education Partners’ Group

Members of the UEL Life Stories team

Panel chair: Dr Tahir Zaman – University of Groningen and University of East London.

Credits: Photograph of the camp by Mani.

What people are saying

Endorsements from the cover:

‘Home is the first thing we experience as human beings in this world; somewhere we know, safe and warm, somewhere that keeps us. When we are forced out, we lose a little bit of ourselves; leaving us less whole. However, through these poems, these stories, we reclaim that home and the humanity that is lost with what comes with being labelled a refugee.  Writing this is not only a way for the world to know us, but a way that we may know ourselves, once again.’ – Poet JJ Bola

‘These first-hand accounts of the suffering endured by refugees fleeing unmitigated horror in their homelands paints a far more vivid picture than anything we read in the press or see on television. If you want to understand fully the extent of what refugees are being forced to endure under our very noses, please read this book.’ – Actor & activist Julie Christie

Find out more


Twitter: @CNRUEL / @CorinneSquire / @UELSocSci / @UELResearch / @PlutoPress

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