Powerful tales to be told in Rochdale
Acclaimed writers will be heading to Rochdale next month to mark Mother Language Day – a worldwide celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity.
Poets Ian Duhuig and David Herd will be joined by Anna Pincus founder of the Refugee Tales project. Together, they will share stories made in collaboration with refugees, casting a light on a global crisis. The stories, published in ‘Refugee Tales 2’ in 2017, include the frighteningly common experiences of Europe’s new underclass. While those with ‘citizenship’ enjoy basic human rights (such as the right not to be detained without charge for more than 14 days), people seeking asylum may be suspended for years in what some have described as ‘Kafka-esque’ uncertainty.
Rochdale Pioneers Museum will host ‘Refugee Tales’ at 5:30pm on Wednesday 21 February, when the guest writers will re-tell stories of individuals with direct experience of Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. Presenting their accounts anonymously, as modern day counterparts to the pilgrims’ stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the event will offer rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering.
Tickets are £3.50, including refreshments and are on sale now from www.rochdaleliteraturefestival.co.uk
The event, being held in partnership with Rochdale Pioneers Museum, is part of Manchester’s UNESCO City of Literature series. In 2017 Manchester joined a global network of cities dedicated to pursuing excellence in literature, engaging as many citizens as possible in a dynamic culture of words, and encouraging the creation and sharing of stories.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
STORIES: David Herd is a poet, critic, and teacher. He has given readings and lectures in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, the USA and the UK, and his poems, essays and reviews have been widely published in magazines, journals and newspapers.
POET: Ian Duhuig will be speaking at Rochdale Pioneers Museum during the evening.