As a student, I visited the now-defunct Oakington detention centre. The experience convinced me that the politics of asylum, borders and immigration were one of the most compelling stories of our times. Since then, the 2015 refugee crisis, Brexit and the hostile environment policy have made these issues impossible to ignore.

In late 2013, I helped co-found the storytelling platform Qisetna: Talking Syria as a place to collect Syrian writing on arts and culture. Through this project, I have interviewed numerous people about their experiences crossing borders and forging new lives. I have also written two scripts based on true accounts, one of which was performed at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2015, and one at the Park Theatre London in 2017.

Some examples of my written work on borders, immigration and refugees:

‘All I could see was water’: Asylum journeys across the channel (The Ferret)

The mobile library reaching refugees’ hearts and minds (The Guardian)

The anarchist enclave which opened its doors to refugees (Slate)

Meet the Syrian chef using his pop up restaurant to save lives (Time Out)

Britain’s treatment of refugees fleeing the Nazis is a story of brutality cloaked in bureaucracy (New Statesman)

PDF: Choose Love: the shop where you can spend hundreds and walk away with nothing (New Statesman)

PDF: Simon Amstell: The refugee crisis shows up how ridiculous we are (New Statesman)

PDF: Meet the volunteers saving thousands of refugees: “There’s not one day I don’t feel guilty” (New Statesman)

PDF: “He is the only person I have”: how a single payslip nearly ruined an engagement (New Statesman)

PDF: The last doctor out of eastern Aleppo: “You can’t just turn your back and walk away” (New Statesman)

PDF: Freezing immigrants’ bank accounts makes Britain look more and more dystopian (New Statesman)

PDF: In Calais with Stella Creasy: How politicians are trying to change refugee policy from opposition (New Statesman)