The Living Library is exactly what it says it is - a library made up of lives. Through it, you will be given the opportunity to 'read' chapters of someone's experience, as the books in this case are actually people.

They are there to tell you stories of migration: of their journey, of their hopes and experiences, of the motivations behind their mobility, of their lives here today. Or stories behind the reasons why they chose to dedicate their career to migration issues.

This will give you a chance to engage in a real dialogue with migrants and refugees of different backgrounds and walks of life, as well as with people who work with migrants and refugees in their day-to-day lives.

In a world dominated by 140 character-long pieces of writing, we're offering a new, interactive way to engage with literature and envision what our shared present, and future, look like.

The Living Library is being held in celebration of Refugee Week 2017, and will take place from 2-4pm on Friday & Saturday, 23-24th June, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.


Do you have a story to tell?

Refugee Week 2017's theme is ‘Our Shared Future’. We are thus looking for people whose lives have been touched, or completely changed, by issues of forced migration: refugees, asylum seekers, people whose parents were/are refugees, migration practitioners, migration lawyers, interpreters: if you think that forced migration has had an impact on your life, and you would like to let more people know about it, please get in touch with us. You can do so by sending us an email at

Travel expenses within and around London will be reimbursed.

We look forward to reading you.