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Refugee Stories from the Lesbian Immigration Support Group,
edited by Jane Traies




'WHAT A GREAT BOOK!' - Ali Smith

A new collection of interviews with lesbian and bi women seeking asylum in the UK and the campaigners working with them. Here in their own words are their stories of love, trauma, struggle and friendship, courage and solidarity. {Scroll down to order}


'This book's spirit is huge, its heart is huge, and its urgency and importance are as big as both of these. Voice after voice, it comes together to make a courageous communality. What a great book!'
– Ali Smith, Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction

'Free to Be Me is a record of the personal experiences of women who have fled persecution or human rights violations. These are diverse stories which are seldom heard. I hope this book will encourage empathy, compassion and a better understanding of their ordeal – and lead to a more humane society.'
– Laila El-Metoui, Equality Advocate and Stonewall Role Model'

'Raises awareness of the plight of women seeking asylum based on their sexual orientation. Telling their stories is incredibly important. A must read!'
– Aderonke Apata, LGBT rights activist, founder of African Rainbow Family




Publication 8 March 2021 for International Women's Day. You can order direct from the editor, Jane Traies. Simply state title and number copies. Payment instructions will be sent to you.



Profits from sales go to the Lesbian Immigration Support Group, Manchester

Tollington Press recommends you don't order from Amazon but instead buy direct from our authors and editors, to make sure they receive a fair proportion of the cover price.
Or order from your local bookshop or library.

Trade orders: Booksellers, please order through Nielsen as usual or contact author as above.


Praise for Jane Traies's previous book, Now You See Me:

'A precious collection of personal, powerful, and heartfelt histories of previously undocumented lesbian lives.'
­ Clare Summerskill

'One of our favourite books this year... You're in for a treat.' - Gay's the Word bookshop

'Heartwarming and important.' - G Scene




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Free to Be Me
edited by Jane Traies

Published March 2021
by Tollington Press

Price £11.99

ISBN 978-1-909347-19-9

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