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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 5th November at 7.30 pm

On the Outside

The Exiled Viewpoint

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

Homan Yousofi (poet)
Aydin Mehmet Ali (prose writer)
Afsaneh Gitiforuz (poet)
Jennifer Langer (poet)
Music to be announced

Homan Yousofi was born in Kabul and came to the UK in 1991 at a time when refugees were more warmly welcomed by this society. He grew up in London, spending much of his childhood and teens on Hampstead Heath – and later moved to Snowdonia, North Wales, to study creative writing. Once there he started leading creative writing workshops amongst the mountains and the lakes. His themes usually combine ideas of migration, postmodern identity and nature, and more recently is influenced by Buddhist ideas. He recently returned from Athens, working on zines and a book of haikus with a talented group of Afghan teenage girls at a large squat.

Aydin Mehmet Ali was born in undivided Nicosia. She lives between Cyprus and London where she sought refuge from a war; an unaccompanied minor. As an intellectual activist, writer, translator and educationalist, she established projects focusing on women and young people. She is the editor/author of: Turkish Cypriot Identity in Literature, Pink Butterflies/Bize Dair (short stories/poems), Turkish Speaking Communities and education – no delight and Forbidden Zones (short stories). Co-editor of forthcoming anthology, Writing Nicosia…. beyond barrier (Saqi, London, 2019). Director/Founder of Literary Agency Cyprus.

Afsaneh Gitiforouz from Shiraz in Iran, has been living and working in London since 2000. She began collecting her writings in 2014. These include a full-length novel as well as many poems in Persian and English, which she calls “two-liners”. In her writing she explores themes mostly related to women’s life in oppressive societies.

Jennifer Langer writes poetry focusing on outsiderness which has been published in various journals. She is editor of anthologies of exiled literature: The Bend in the Road: Refugees Writing (1997), Crossing the Border: Voices of Refugee and Exiled Women (2002), The Silver Throat of the Moon: Writing in Exile (2005) and If Salt has Memory: Jewish Exiled Writing (2008), all published Five Leaves. She holds a PhD in Iranian literature of exile and is a SOAS Research Associate.

Open Mic

Host: Abbas Faiz, Exiled Writers Ink committee member

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