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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 3rd December at 7 pm

London Calling

An Evening of Virtual Poetry from Athens plus London Poets


Mural in Exarchia (anarchist) district, Athens

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

  • The Plaza Girls from Athens
  • Denise Saul,winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Poetry Prize
  • Catherine Davidson, poetry prize winner in the UK and US
  • Lester Gomez,Nasrin Parvaz,David Clark,Anba Jawi,Danielle Maisano,Hasan Kahya

Plaza Girls
Poetry from a collective of powerful young
refugee women currently living in Athens. Their playful and vital poetry,
non-fiction, haikus, satire and video works reflect their time in Moria refugee
camp, their present surroundings in a self-organised anarchist community, and
hopes for the future. They have self-published two magazines and a new
collection of poetry which they would like to share with you in the spirit of
positive creativity.


Denise Saul was born in London. She is a poet and fiction writer. Her White Narcissi (published by Flipped Eye Publishing), was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Autumn 2007. Denise’s poetry has been published in a variety of US and UK…
born in London, is a poet and fiction writer. She is the winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia’. ‘White Narcissi’ (Flipped Eye Publishing) was selected as Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice (Autumn 2007) and ‘House of Blue’(Rack Press)was Poetry Book Society Recommendation (Summer 2012). Denise’s poetry has been published in a variety of UK and US anthologies and magazines.

Catherine Davidson


is an exiled American novelist, poet and essayist. Her novel, The Priest Fainted, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and her poetry has won numerous prizes in the US and the UK, including a commendation in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, 2016. Her short novel is The Orchard (Gemma Press, 2017). She is Exiled Writers Ink chair.

Lester Gómez Medina is a writer of poetry and short stories. He belongs to Invisible Presence which develops young Latin American writers. He has an MA in Audio-visual Translation.

Nasrin Parvaz became a civil rights activist when the Islamic regime took power in 1979. She was arrested in 1982, and spent eight years in prison. Copies of Nasrin’s novel, The Secret Letters from X to A, published by Victorina Press, are available for sale.

David Clark grew up in England, Italy, and Austria. His poems have been published in Contemporary writers of Poland, Flying Between Words, edited by Danuta Blaszak and Anna Maria Mickiewicz (2015), in Second Generation Voices and in Exiled Ink e-mag.

Anba Jawi writes in Arabic and English and publishes in Alaalem, an Iraqi daily newspaper. Anba was one of the pioneering women geologists in Iraq. She holds a PhD from University College London and worked in the refugee sector for more than twenty years.

Originally from Michigan, Danielle Maisano has a BA in journalism and an MA in international relations. Her first novel, The Ardent Witness, will be published by Victorina Press in Spring 2019.

Hasan Kahya was born in Limassol, Cyprus. His poems have appeared in Turkish, Cypriot and British magazines, and his translations of Fikret Demirag’s poems appeared as a bilingual edition (2015). His bilingual poetry book, Two Rivers, has just been published in Cyprus.

Open Mic

Host: Maureen Kendal, Arts Producer

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

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