Refugee Tales hosted by Niamh Cusack

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Join us for a free evening of tales and music with host Irish actress Niamh Cusack

Refugee Tales organises walks in solidarity with people who have experienced immigration detention, people seeking asylum, and refugees. They also support them to share their stories in anthologies published by Comma Press, and these tales have been written in collaboration with authors such as Ali Smith, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Kamila Shamsie, Patrick Gale, Robert Macfarlane, and Bernardine Evaristo.

This July, Refugee Tales are embarking on a 5-day walk from Merstham to Winchester, stopping to meet local communities along the way. On Monday 04 July, the Refugee Tales walkers reach Farnham, and they would be delighted if you joined them for a free evening of tales and music hosted by Niamh Cusack.

There will be a brand new tale read by Daljit Nagra, whose first poetry collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover!, won the Forward Poetry Prize. Amy Sackville, author of Painter to the King, will also be reading from Refugee Tales IV, and there will be a screening of another tale from Italy.

There will also be music performed by Rihab Azar and Hear Me Out.

Rihab Azar is a Syrian *Oud player and, in 2014, she became the first woman oudist to perform accompanied by the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music.

Hear Me Out is a passionate team of musicians, experts, teachers, and people with real experience of UK immigration detention. They go into detention centres to make music with the people who are incarcerated there, and their work exemplifies the power of art in bringing hope to even the darkest of places.

*An Oud is similar to the lute in appearance. It is an 11 or 13 string pear shaped wooden instrument. ‘Oud’ literally means ‘from wood’ in Arabic. The instrument is played primarily in West Asian and North African countries.

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Niamh Cusack has served with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in a long line of major stage productions. She has made numerous appearances on television including a long running role as Dr. Kate Rowan in the UK series Heartbeat (1992-1995). Highlights of her extensive theatre work include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre & West End), Playboy of the Western World, Cause Celebre and Dancing At Lughnasa (The Old Vic), The Enchantment, His Dark Materials (National Theatre), Breathing Corpses (Royal Court) and ‘Lady Macbeth’ opposite Christopher Eccleston in the RSC’s Macbeth.

If you would like to join one of the Refugee Tales walk days, including Guildford to Farnham or Farnham to Alton, please follow this link.