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Exiled Lit Cafe

Hear some fantastic exiled writers and musicians and there is an Open Mic session too.

First Monday of the month throughout the year at 7.30 pm

Poetry Cafe
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square

£5 or £3 Exiled Writers Ink members and asylum seekers.


Monday 6th August 2018 at 7.30pm

Exiled Writers Ink with Hikayetna (for the writers)

From Absence to Presence

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from the film ‘The Train’ by Koutaiba Al-Janabi
Monday 6th August 2018 at 7.30 pm
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square)

An exploration of the ambiguous line between absence and presence
in Words, Film and Music

Writers: Haitham Hussein – Amir Darwish – Farrah Akbik
Film-maker: Koutaiba al-Janabi
Rubab musician: Milad Yousofi

Haitham Hussein
A novelist born in Amoudah, Syria in 1978, Haitham Hussein currently lives in London. He worked as an Arabic language teacher before leaving Syria in 2012. He has lived in UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, and Turkey. Hussein writes articles for several Arab periodicals and magazines and has a weekly column in Al Arab Newspaper issued in London. He is a member of the Society of Authors in Britain, Scottish PEN Club, and the Syrian Writers Association. His novel Hostages of Sin was translated into Czech by Yana Bergiska and published in Prague in 2016. His published novels include Aram – Descendant of Sorrows, Hostages of Sin and Horror Needle.

Milan Yousofi

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is a London based Rubab player, composer and music producer working in contemporary Afghan folk, world jazz and fusion music and promoting the precious sounds of Afghan’s musical traditions. He has performed at the Houses of Parliament, the British Museum, the White House, Victoria and Albert Museum, Festival Hall amongst others. He has composed for BBC programmes as well as for a number of films and theatre productions.

Farrah Akbik is a British Syrian poet based in London. She has performed her poetry to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees.

Koutaiba al-Janabi was born in Baghdad, studied cinematography in Budapest and worked in the Hungarian film and television industry before relocating to London. He is now an independent prize-winning film-maker based between London and Baghdad. He has directed and produced his own films with his first feature film being ‘Leaving Baghdad’. Other films are ‘Still Life’. ‘Wasteland’,Baghdad Correspondent’, ‘Against the Light’, 7 Days with Gypsies’. The main themes in al-Janabi’s work are displacement, alienation and exile.

Amir Darwish is a British Syrian published poet and writer of Kurdish origin who lives in London. He will read from his forthcoming collection Dear Refugee to be published in 2019 (Smokestack). His previous work is Don’t Forget the Couscous (Smokestack 2015) and From Aleppo Without Love (2017).

Open Mic and participation

Host: Amir Darwish

£5 entry/£3 EWI 2018 members and asylum seekers.
If payment is a problem for asylum seekers, no problem: contact in confidence exiledwritersink@gmail.com

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