Exiled Lit Cafe
Monday 6th March at 7 pm
Other Voices Project
Bertina Lopes: Mozambiquan-Italian painter, Whitechapel Art Gallery
On The Frontline
part of the Alternative Arts East London Women’s History Festival
This event will feature women poets who will provide insights into the complexity of identities.
These are challenging times for Muslims, Jews and Black people with these groups on the front line.
Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born Canadian poet and translator based in London. Her poems have appeared in UK and US publications including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, and anthologized in The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write among others. Her books include The Glimmer (Bloodaxe, 2022), The Taxidermist (Verve Poetry Press, 2020), The Art of Scratching (Bloodaxe, 2015) and The Courtesans Reply (flipped eye publishing, 2012). A Complete Works alumna, Shazea is a tutor at the Poetry School and writer in residence with Living Words.
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.
Hamdi Khalif is a writer from London who was born in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. In 2015-2016, she toured with her collective Bards without Borders on their show, ‘Shakespeare is dead get over it!’ tour Hamdi then studied for an MA in Creative Writing and then undertook the year-long Novel Studio at City, University of London. She is currently working on her first novel about the status of women in Somali society in the 1940s-50s.
Yvonne Green is a poet descended from Boukharian Jews. Her pamphlet, Boukhara (2007), won The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. She has published four full-length collections with Smith|Doorstop, including; The Assay, Honoured and Jam & Jerusalem. Her volume After Semyon Izrailevich Lipkin was a Poetry Book Society’s Translation Choice in 2011, and her Selected Poems and Translations was published for Kindle by Smith|Doorstop in 2014. Her work has been translated into Hebrew and published in Israel by Am Oved.
Exiled Writers Ink has a key role to play, firstly, in bringing together a diverse range of writers in the creative process in four London workshops, and secondly, in expanding the conversation to involve communities in London.
We hope creative alliances will be formed to work together against intolerance.
We aim to form a collective of writers to perform and engage with London communities.
Be part of the collective!
102 Kingsland Road
London E2 8DP
Arrive early to have a meal, snack or drink. Support the Cafe run by an exiled writer.
Pay in cash at the door (£5 or £3 for EWI 2023 members) or by Eventbrite
With thanks to the Edge Fund and Zeleha Cafe