Activities

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.
Symposium

– 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 L. Lopez Cardona
George Szirtes

Book Table – books for sale by the writers

£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

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


Free Reads Scheme: Exiled Writers Ink with The Literary Consultancy

The scheme involves The Literary Consultancy providing a detailed assessment of writers’ literary work to help develop your work.

The Free Read scheme is for low-income, high-quality writers.

Exiled Writers Ink will select writers who we think would benefit from the scheme.
The scheme is open to writers of poetry and prose, including short stories, scripts, screenplays and radio plays.

Writers can submit an extract of their work or the full manuscript across fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, scripts and screenplays.

The Literary Consultancy Free Reads Scheme offers talented, low-income writers the opportunity to apply for bursaried (non-fee paying) access to their valuable commercial services for writers. Established in 1996 as the first service of its kind in the UK, The Literary Consultancy (TLC) offers writers the opportunity to receive an honest, market-aware appraisal of their work through its long-running manuscript assessment service, available for extracts or full manuscripts across fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, scripts and screenplays. TLC has helped a number of writers on to publication, but its main aim is to support writers in developing their work. TLC hand-matches each incoming manuscript to a suitable reader from its list of 80+ professional editors, and writers can expect to receive feedback in the form of a written critique, sent within 4-6 weeks of the application being processed.

If a TLC reader finds that a manuscript is at a very high standard and he or she thinks there may be a potential market for it as well, then we ask the writer to do the necessary revisions and send it to our office where the TLC office will then reassess the manuscript. If TLC finds that they can support a quality manuscript, then they try to place it with an agent. TLC scouts for literary talent, but we never recommend that a writer seek an assessment if their only interest is in being published.

Exiled Writers Ink is pleased to be a new partner on the Free Read Bursary scheme for 2015 to 2018.

  • The scheme involves The Literary Consultancy providing a detailed assessment of writers’ literary work to help develop your work.
  • The Free Read scheme is for low-income, high-quality writers.

On Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Disability Benefit, Working Tax Credit and for students, Over 60s and Other. ‘Other’ is for anyone on a low income (i.e. under the minimum wage over the year). Proof is required by the TLC.

  • Exiled Writers Ink will select writers who we think would benefit from the scheme.
  • The scheme is open to writers of poetry and prose, including short stories, scripts, screenplays and radio plays.
  • Writers can submit an extract of their work or the full manuscript across fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, scripts and screenplays.

The Literary Consultancy Free Reads Scheme offers talented, low-income writers the opportunity to apply for bursaried (non-fee paying) access to their valuable commercial services for writers. Established in 1996 as the first service of its kind in the UK, The Literary Consultancy (TLC) offers writers the opportunity to receive an honest, market-aware appraisal of their work through its long-running manuscript assessment service, available for extracts or full manuscripts across fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, scripts and screenplays. TLC has helped a number of writers on to publication, but its main aim is to support writers in developing their work. TLC hand-matches each incoming manuscript to a suitable reader from its list of 80+ professional editors, and writers can expect to receive feedback in the form of a written critique, sent within 4-6 weeks of the application being processed.

If a TLC reader finds that a manuscript is at a very high standard and he or she thinks there may be a potential market for it as well, then we ask the writer to do the necessary revisions and send it to our office where the TLC office will then reassess the manuscript. If TLC finds that they can support a quality manuscript, then they try to place it with an agent. TLC scouts for literary talent, but we never recommend that a writer seek an assessment if their only interest is in being published.