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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.

Exiled Lit Cafe: Monday 4th December 2017 at 7.30 pm

The Absurd
Embrace the absurd condition of human existence (Camus)

An evening of writing, music and discussion


The Myth of Sisyphus
Aviva Dautch
teaches at the British Library and Bethlem Museum of the Mind (the original Bedlam). She has an MA in creative and life writing from Goldsmiths and a PhD in poetry from Royal Holloway. Her poems are published in magazines including Agenda, Modern Poetry in Translation, The North, The Rialto and The Poetry Review. She is on the 2017 shortlist for Primers, The Poetry School/ Nine Arches Press award for new writing.

Aamer Hussein
was born and brought up in Karachi and moved to London to complete his education in 1970, aged fifteen. A graduate of SOAS, he has been writing since the 80s; his first collection, Mirror to the Sun, appeared in 1993 . He has since published four acclaimed collections, This Other Salt (1999), Turquoise (2002) Insomnia (2007) and the award-winning 37 Bridges (2015), and two novels, Another Gulmohar Tree (2009) and The Cloud Messenger (2011). His latest work is a brief collection of fictions entitled Love and its Seasons (Mulfran Press, 2017). He also writes in Urdu and frequently visits Pakistan. Aamer Hussein is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies (University of London), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Leona Medlin
was born and mostly raised in Michigan. She came to London, a cultural and romantic immigrant in the ‘70s. For the past ten years, she has lived in Cardiff where she is writing a book of memoir and history, Remembering Japan, and editing her own New and Selected Poems. She runs Mulfran Press, whose authors include Aamer Hussein and Adnan al-Sayegh. Her own poems, translations and essays are published in magazines, anthologies, broadsheets and her Vennel Press collection The Tilted Mirror.

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’.

Open Mic
Host: Navid Hamzavi

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

£5 entry/£3 EWI members and asylum seekers.
If payment is a problem for asylum seekers, no problem: contact

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