- The organisation aims to facilitate the wider dissemination of work by writers in exile and to ensure they have a platform.
- It aims to raise awareness of literature by writers in exile by organising events such as seminars, workshops, conferences, interactive performances and festivals.
- It aims to facilitate the publication of work by writers in exile including addressing translation issues. It aims to give a high profile to translators who enable the work of exiled writers to become accessible.
- It aims to develop literary creativity in the broadest sense within the refugee communities.
- It aims to work in an education context in schools, colleges etc.
- It aims to form links with other literary/arts groups.
- Through literature and literature events, it aims to act as a pressure group against racism and the abuse of human rights worldwide.
- It aims to develop dialogue through literature.
- We aim to ensure that artists of refugee and migrant background receive fair payment and due credit for their creative work by external organisations.
Examples of Our Work
- Creative writing and exiled literature workshops with and for refugees and exiles
Refugee Week workshops at the Wiener Library; ‘Listen to Me’ with Lynette Craig facilitating at the Poetry Library; Diaspora City; Border Words at Borders bookshop, Oxford Street; Global Refugees with Staffordshire University and Afghan Youth Association; dialogue through literature: Across the Divide workshops including Writing the Difference at Artiquea Syrian gallery and the Jewish Museum.
- Workshops with established exiled writers for schools, colleges and other organisations and groups.
West London Free School, year 8; City and Islington Further Education College, Movement against Xenophobia conference.
- Mentoring and Translation Scheme
Exiled Ink magazine. Anthologies: Kurdish literature, Across the Divide and chap books by individual exiled writers. Anthologies of literature by exiled writers published by Five Leaves www.fiveleaves.co.uk
- Live Literature events
African Voices for Black History Month at Richmond Library; Into the Heart of the Sea at West Norwood Library; Voices in a New Land: EWI’s Poetry Competition Awards Celebration; Kurdish and Other Voices at Art Represent; EWI at Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford; Tribunal 2012: Europe Stands Accused with the Writers’ Centre Norwich; Voices from the Lands of Anger: Uprising in the Arab World; Something Happened in Iran; EWI at the Tree House Gallery project, Regents Park; Remembering Mahmoud Darwish at The Gallery, Foyles Bookshop; Somali-Exiled Voices Fusion; Across the Divide: Palestinian and Israeli writers speak out; Forgotten Genocides: Halabja and Anfal, Kosova: Sharing the Pain.
- Theatre Performances
Writing Home: Production by Exiled and home-based Writers from Bosnia-Herzegovina performed in Mostar and Tuzla; Somali Women Speak Out performed at Hampstead, Soho, Arts Depot, Birmingham Rep, Abbey St Albans, The Junction Cambridge, and Burton Taylor Oxford theatres; Peeling the Skin of Time performed at the New End and Arcola Theatres; And the City Spoke: European Exiled Voices performed in London, Warsaw, Gdynia and Ferrara; A Mouthful of Africa performed at Oxford House theatre.
- Seminars and Conferences
Hospitality Poetica at Notre Dame University; Stop Violence against Women: Short documentaries by Iranian Women, EWI with ICAVI at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London; Another Land Another Voice at the Soho Theatre and Writers Centre in association with Index on Censorship; Exiled Ink Summer LitFest; Writing Resistance ConFest in association with English Pen, joint seminars with the School of Advanced Study etc. Participation in conferences: Writing Diasporas at Swansea University, Fortress Europe and its ‘Others’ at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Women, Migration and Human Rights, Casablanca.
- Across the Divide
An on-going project which aims to bring together Muslims, Jews, Palestinians, and Arabs generally in a process of exploring ‘the other’ in the face of the intractable Middle East situation and its effect on UK communities. It has comprised a range of activities such as creative writing workshops and live literature events.
Poetes a Paris festival and the Orllan Literature Festival in Kosova.
- Exiled Writers Ink Poetry Competition