Refugee Week 2017 at Friends’ House, Euston Road, London

Dear Friends, 

Refugee Week is taking place from 20-25 June. It is an open platform for organisations to organise events amplifying the voices of people seeking sanctuary. Many meetings will be organising events for this, from talks to all-age semi-programmed Meetings for Worship. If your meeting is organising an event in Refugee Week please let me know so I can help promote it.

At Friends House we have a strong line-up of events (see below) which we’ll begin to promote next week, once we’ve got everything finalised. (Watch out for another email soon with the final bill).

In Friendship,

Tim Gee

Refugee Week – Events so far

Date and time



Monday 19 June, 10am – 5pm

Sanctuary through history: Library open day

Explore artefacts from past initiatives to assist people seeking sanctuary.  

Friends House Library

Monday 19 June, 6.30pm

Borders in our minds: Representations of migration in the media

Co-authors of The Good Immigrant Coco Khan, Darren Chetty and Vera Chok, discuss how an anti-racist media might look. Chaired by Dalia Gebrial (Undoing Borders /People&Planet).

Friends House Bookshop

Tuesday 20 June, 12.30 noon

World Refugee Day, Meeting for Worship (semi-programmed)

Join us to contemplate on the situation faced by people seeking sanctuary.

Friends House Worship space

Tuesday 20 June, 6.30pm

World Refugee Day: Refugee Stories

Contributors to the new-writing anthologies Refugee Stories, A Country of Refuge, and Over land over sea discuss their first-hand experiences of seeking sanctuary. Chaired by Lucy Popescu.

Friends House Bookshop

Wednesday 21 June, evening, 6.30pm

Borders in our minds: Migration in the literature and the arts

Actor/playwright Gaël Le Cornec and author Gulwali Passarlay (The Lightless Sky) discuss how the arts and literature can make the case for migration

Friends House Bookshop

Thursday 22ndJune, 6.00 for 6.30pm 

Borders in our minds: Sanctuary in fiction

Novelists Sita Brahmachari (Red Leaves), Jason Donald (Dalila), Tim Finch (House of Journalists) and Roma Tearne (The Swimmer) discuss the representation of immigration in fiction.

Friends House Bookshop

Saturday 24 January

Binding books, binding friendships.

Bookbinding workshop with the Wretched of the Earth collective

Friends House Bookshop

Sunday 25th June, 1pm-3pm

Challenging the immigration detention system

A panel of experts discuss the immigration detention system and what can be done to challenge. You are welcome to come early for Meeting for Worship (11am – 12 noon)

Friends House, George Fox Room

Sunday 25 June 


Newcomers to Britain and longstanding residents drink a cup of tea together. Hosted in partnership with the Refugee Council.

Friends House Waldo Williams Room and Courtyard