All My Life I Wanted To Be…
Meet exciting poets rooted in a range of exilic backgrounds
Featuring Eve Rubin, Aviva Dautch, Maria Jastrzębska, Viv Fogel, Liz Cashdan, Nazand Begikhani. Compère: Agata Palmer
Eve Rubin (posthumously) the author of All my life I wanted to be a New York Jew and Sometimes at Night I Watched myself in Candle-light. Eve Rubin was a Jewish lesbian feminist and socialist, and she lived in Hackney, until her death from cancer at the age of 60. Her father was a Jewish immigrant, and Eve grew up partly in the East London, where her father had the East End Kossoff’s bakery. Eve writes not only about the complexity of family and belonging, of being a second generation from a refugee family and a feminist, but also about Hackney streets, and about Calais and present-day refugees.
We will not only be hearing Eve’s work but also the work of poets who have focused on the issues important to Eve.
Aviva Dautch’s poems have appeared in publications including Ambit, Acumen, Modern Poetry in Translation, The North, The Rialto, The Spectator and The Poetry Review. Residencies and commissions include the Hay and Bradford Literature Festivals for the Gustav Klimt Centenary (2018), The British Museum for Refugee Week (2021) and The National Gallery (2022). She is the resident poetry expert on the BBC Radio 4 series “On Form” and the literary co-translator for BBC World Service Journalist Suhrab Sirat; her translation of his book-length poem The Eighth Crossing about his refugee journey from Afghanistan was published by Exiled Writers Ink in 2021
Maria Jastrzębska was born in Poland and came to the U.K as a child. Small Odysseys, her fifth collection, will be published by Waterloo Press later this year. Her selected poems The Cedars of Walpole Park (2015) were translated into Polish. Her poetry is much anthologised and features in the British Library Between Two Worlds – Poetry and Translation project. She co-translated Elsewhere by Iztok Osojnik (Pighog 2011) and The Great Plan B (Smokestack 2017). She is the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including Queer in Brighton (New Writing South 2014). Following a Wellcome Trust award, her drama Dementia Diaries toured nationally Recently, a triptych of film-poems of Maria’s poems was a part of Snow Q, which has been screened internationally.
Viv Fogel’s poems have been published in various anthologies and magazines since the mid-70’s. Adopted by refugee Holocaust survivors, once an art teacher involved with community and social education projects, she has, since the mid-80’s, worked as a psychotherapist. Her second collection Imperfect Beginnings is to be published with award-winning ethical press Fly on the Wall in February 2023. www.vivfogel.co.uk
Liz Cashdan is a poet living in Bristol. Her parents came to the UK in 1920 as Russian Jewish refugees. She teaches Creative Writing for the Open College of the Arts, and for the Folk House in Bristol. Her most recent publication is Things of Substance: New and Selected Poems (Five Leaves Publications 2013). She runs an online Stanza group for the Poetry Society and is poetry editor for Jewish Renaissance. She likes writing about people and places.
Nazand Begikhani is a writer, poet and Vincent Wright Chair 2019/2020 Visiting Professor, Sciences Po, Paris. She published eight poetry collections in Kurdish, French and English. Polyglot, she has translated Elliot and Baudelaire into Kurdish. In 2012, she received the Simone Landrey Poetry Prize for her collection “Le Lendemain d’Hier” (Editions de l’Amandier, Paris 2012 – reedited this year by the French Poets’ Society. A feminist, Nazand is also an ardent advocate of human rights. She survived the Kurdish genocide and experienced the murder of many of her family members, including her three brothers. She rebuilt herself in exile where she created a space for freedom and creativity, becoming the symbol of resilience and resistance.
The event is compèred by Agata Palmer, a poet member of Exiled Writers Ink, author of a poetry pamphlet From the Land of Marmite with Love. Her poems have been published in anthologies and magazines internationally.
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