Exiled Writers Ink is an organisation that brings together writers from repressive regimes and war-torn situations and it equally embraces migrants and exiles. Exiled Writers Ink develops and promotes the creative literary expression of refugees, migrants and exiles, encourages cross-cultural dialogue and advocates human rights through literature and literary activism. The network provides a platform for the work of writers living in the UK and mainland Europe through performance, publishing, training and education activities. We believe that the literature and culture of exile can provide a focus for communication and integration throughout society and act as a force for positive change.

Exiled Writers Ink was formally established in 2000 and is a registered charity.

Exiled Writers Ink and SOAS University of London
Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)
One day Symposium Saturday 1st April 2017

The Danger of Words in the Age of Danger


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Saturday 1st April 2017
10.00 am – 6.15 pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG (nearest tube: Russell Square)

This one day symposium sets out to examine the contemporary danger of words as it affects exiled writers. It will interrogate diverse aspects of the ‘Danger of Words’ from denying exiled writers the freedom to write about the ills in their societies, to the manipulation of words, as it affects exiled writers, by dark and sinister forces in our established democracies.
Exiled writers and scholars, including those from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan, will examine the ramifications of the country of origin’s continuing censorship of exiled writers’ literary production post exile and of the silencing in the country of destination, in relation to the writers’ literary, aesthetic and ontological negotiation and resistance to it. Exiled literary voices will articulate their response to the implosion of liberalism in the country of origin and the crisis of liberalism in the countries of destination throughout Europe with the rise of the xenophobic right, and of the US right. In a further session on the danger of words, Jewish and Muslim poets will express their own nuanced and varied personal subjectivities and narratives resisting the simplistic and dangerous identities imposed on them.
The symposium will conclude with an exiled writers’ poetry recital.

– 10.00 to 10.15 – Welcome and Introduction: Dr Sara Marzagora and Dr Jennifer Langer

– 10.15 to 11.30 – panel 1 –
Literary Voices and the Implosion of Liberalism in the Country of Origin, chair: Dr Nadia Faydh.
Edin Suljic: Terra Incognita
Bejan Matur: Sea of Faith
Suhrab Sirat: Voices of Young Afghan Poets post 9.11.

– 11.30 to 1.00 – panel 2 –
Forbidden: Censorship Across Borders, chair: Dr Abol Froushan
Hamid Ismailov
Ali Abdolrezaei
Alemu Tabeje Ayele

– 1.00 to 1.45 – lunch break

– 1.45 to 3.15 – Round Table – The Danger of Words in the Country of Destination:
On The Frontline: Jewish and Muslim writers’ self representation – discussant/chair: Dr Jennifer Langer
Dr George Szirtes
Sabrina Mahfouz
Dr Aviva Dautch
Reza Hiwa

– 3.15 to 3.45 – tea and coffee

– 3.45 to 5.20 – Panel 3
The Danger of Words in the Country of Destination, chair: Abbas Faiz
Leonardo Boix: Poetry and Journalism in parallel: A Latin American perspective
Annie Holmes and Dr Olumide Popoola: To find a Story and Not to Tell it.
Annie Webster: Stick to Your Story to Save Your Life: The Dangers of Storytelling in Exile

– 5.20 to 6.15 –
Poetry Recital by exiled poets on the ‘Danger of Words in the Age of Danger’
Alemu Tabeje Ayele
Barbara Lopez
George Szirtes

£12 for non-Exiled Writers Ink members; £8 for EWI members; students free with ID, to include tea and coffee.
1) Pay at the door (2) via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-danger-of-words-in-the-age-of-danger-symposium-tickets-32894648780

Information: jennifer@exiledwriters.fsnet.co.uk www.exiledwriters.co.uk and https://www.soas.ac.uk/cclps/

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Mslexia: Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Short Story


1st Prize: £2,000
Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press.
Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.

Judge: Deborah Levy
Fee: £10 per story
Closing date: 20 March 2017


Our Women’s Short Story Competition is back for its ninth year and it’s just as fabulous as always. Not only will the winning writer get £2,000, they will also have the prestige of being published in Mslexia, a credit shared with writers like Costa winner Angela Readman and novelist Peggy Riley. In addition, there is the opportunity to spend a week in glorious isolation working on their writing at the stunning Gladstone’s Library, and a day with an editor at Virago – an experience that money can’t buy and one that could really help you take your writing to the next level.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). If you would also like to enter a flash fiction piece, please click here.

All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and please ensure you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment.

For any questions about your entry, email shortstory@mslexia.co.uk, or call 0191 204 8860.