If you would like to read more on the topic of refugees and the tradition of pilgrimage in the UK, we recommend the following:

Adair, John (1978): The Pilgrims’ Way: Shrines and Saints in Britain and Ireland: This book is intended to serve as a guide to those who wish follow in the pilgrim’s footsteps, in fact or in imagination, from London to the West Country, in East Anglia and along the Roman roads through the Midlands, to Durham and beyond the hills of Wales, and finally to Scotland and across the sea to Ireland. The book will be a companion to the modern pilgrim and to all who are interested in the history and literature of the British Isles.

Herd, David (2016): Refugee Tales: In Refugee Tales, poets and novelists retell the stories of individuals who have directly experienced Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. Presenting their experiences anonymously, as modern day counterparts to the pilgrim’s stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the book offers rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering. Writers in the collection include: Ali Smith, Patience Agbabi, Abdulrazak Gurnah & Inua Ellams.

Kingsley, Patrick (2016): The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis: Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II — and no one has reported on this crisis in more depth or breadth than the Guardian’s migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. Throughout 2015, Kingsley travelled to 17 countries along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees making epic odysseys across deserts, seas and mountains to reach the holy grail of Europe.

Macfarlane, Robert (2013): The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot: Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world — a landscape of the feet and the mind, of pilgrimage and ritual, of stories and ghosts; above all of the places and journeys which inspire and inhabit our imaginations.