Border crossings: Welsh and Exiled Poets Meet
Eluned Jones: published widely throughout the UK in magazines and
journals. Her poetry is insightful, often humorous, always original
and sometimes quirky.
Ali Abdolrezaei was born in Iran. He began his professional poetic career in 1986 publishing seven volumes of his work inside Iran before severe censorship made his work inside the country impossible. He was banned from teaching and public speaking, which forced him to go into exile in 2002. After leaving Iran, he briefly lived in Germany followed by two years in France.
Heather Williams: the newest member of the group. Published in
anthologies. As a teacher of Tai Chi her poetry is often influenced
by Far Eastern thinking.
Fathieh Saudi born in Jordan, she worked as paediatrician with Palestinian children in Jordan and Lebanon. For many years she has been involved with the defence of human rights, peace and justice. Her recent published collections of poetry in English include Prophetic Children(foreword by John Berger) and Daughter of the Thames.
Nigel Humphreys: A founder member. Has had 3 collections published in
London in recent years. His fourth book – The Love Song of Daphnis and
Chloe is out next year.
Adnan Al-Sayegh was born in 1955, in al-Kufa, Iraq, near the Euphrates River. He has published eleven collections of poetry, including the book-length Uruk’s Anthem (Beirut 1996) and won several international awards. He left his homeland in 1993 and since 2004 he has been living in exile in London.
Mark Perry: Fluctuates between the outrageously comical to sensitive
poetry influenced by his work in the community. He has had one
Sadayo Murphy: Though English is her second language (originally from
Japan) she has mastered it impressively. Haikus a speciality. She
has published one collection.
Tina Warren: Another founder member. She has one collection to her
name and reads her work widely. Her poetry is laconic and mostly
draws on personal experiences.
Hosted by Handsen Chikowore, poet and former resident of Wales