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Under a Troubled English Sky
Writing Britain Now with Exiled and Non-Exiled Writers
Elaine Feinstein, Mir Mahfuz Ali, Anthony Howell, Navid Hamzavi
Freddy Macha’s songs of social comment, protest and freedom
Elaine Feinstein D.Litt, FRSL is a prize-winning poet, novelist and biographer of Akhmatova and Ted Hughes, noted for versions of the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Her Memoir, IT GOES WITH THE TERRITORY, appeared in 2013, and her latest book of poems THE CLINIC, MEMORY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS came out in February 2017 (Carcanet Press).
Mir Mahfuz Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He studied at Essex University. He dances, acts, has worked as a male model and a tandoori chef. He has given readings and performances at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and other theatres in Britain and beyond. His poems have appeared in Poetry Review, London Magazine, Poetry London, Ambit, PN Review and Poetry (Chicago). Mahfuz was short-listed for the New Writing Ventures Awards 2007 and Picador Poetry prize 2010. He is the winner of Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2013. Midnight, Dhaka is his first full collection published by Seren 2014. He is now working on his second book.
Anthony Howell is a poet and novelist whose first collection of poems, Inside the Castle was brought out in 1969. In 1986 his novel In the Company of Others was published by Marion Boyars. He has published twelve volumes of poetry, the latest is From Inside (The High Window Press). His Selected Poems came out from Anvil, and his Analysis of Performance Art is published by Routledge. His poems have appeared in The New Statesman, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award. Plague Lands, his versions of the poems of Fawzi Karim were a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He has just translated the Poems of Alain-Fournier (Carcanet).
Navid Hamzavi is an award-winning Iranian writer. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Cultural and Critical Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. His works of fiction includes the collections, Rag-and-Bone Man, 2010 and, London, City of Red, 2016 in Iran. Both were severely censored by the Ministry of Cultural and Islamic Guidance. He has given reading and performances at various festivals and his stories and articles have appeared in English magazines such as ‘Ambit’, ‘Stand’, Asymptote’ and ‘Critical Muslim’.
Freddy Macha is a Tanzanian born writer and musician. Bongo Celebrity Blog portrayed him as amongst influential artists in East Africa. He has published two Swahili story collections, won writing awards, recorded several albums and fronted bands in Tanzania, Germany, Brazil and UK. Currently he runs workshops in schools, jails and colleges, while performing live music regularly and is fervently keen on television, media and film work.
Host: Amir Darwish, poet
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