Since its foundation in 2000, Exiled Writers Ink has worked on many projects designed to support the work of exiled writers, refugees, and migrants. Our work comprises

creative writing workshops, training, live literature performance events, theatre, mentoring, translation, publications, symposia, poetry competitions, and roadshows.

Our theatre projects have included productions in partnership, performed in the UK and in Poland, Italy, and Bosnia.

Our Objectives

  • To provide support to exiled writers, refugees, and migrants through publishing opportunities, other creative employment, performance experience, and access to workshops and editorial feedback from qualified tutors and professional writers
  • To provide dislocated writers with a community of writers in the attempt to lessen the sense of isolation and trauma of exile and displacement.
  • To increase the representation and visibility of refugee and migrant writers and their work in the mainstream literary world where their voices have been insufficiently heard.
  • To provide a platform for those who have experienced life under repressive regimes and war-torn situations to speak out, act as witnesses and protest against and raise awareness of the abuse of human rights worldwide.
  • To encourage cross-cultural dialogue and to bring conflicted groups together to explore individual narratives, culture, memory, fears, and experience through discussion, creative writing workshops, and performance events that provide insight into the complexity of identity and enable us to resist hostile narratives.
  • To ensure that artists of refugee and migrant backgrounds receive fair payment and due credit for their creative work by external organizations.

Exiled Lit Cafe

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Our Team

Jennifer Langer

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Danielle Maisano

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  • Chair: Danielle Maisano
  • Goran Baba Ali
  • Shamim Azad
  • Francesco Argenio Benaroio
  • Catherine Davidson
  • Afsaneh Gitiforouz
  • Fatima Hagi
  • Valbona Luta
  • Sana Nassari
  • Rouhi Shafii
  • Tamara Wilson


  • Alev Adil
  • Lisa Appignanesi
  • Howard Jacobson
  • Timberlake Wertenbaker

Editorial Committee:

  • Goran Baba Ali
  • Dr David Clark
  • Marsha Glenn
  • Ziba Karbassi
  • Dr Jennifer Langer
  • Valbona Luta
  • Danielle Maisano
  • Shirin Razavian
  • Rouhi Shafii
  • Mark Silberstein
  • Dr Tamara Wilson


  • Omer Aksoy
  • Dr Simon Altman
  • Chinwe Azubuike
  • Robert Chandler
  • Elena Croitoru
  • Catherine Davidson
  • Isabel del Rio
  • Moris (Musa) Farhi, MBE
  • Berta Freistadt
  • Michelle Fuller
  • Yvonne Green
  • Adel Guemar
  • Hisae Hironaka
  • Usha Kishore
  • Rhonda Klevansky
  • Dr Tony Klug
  • Stanley Langer
  • Penelope Maclachlan
  • Elizabeth Mansfield
  • Jenny Manson
  • Sana Nassari
  • Alexandra Marinkov
  • Nasrin Parvaz
  • J. M. Petherbridge
  • Alan Pulverness
  • Isabelle Romaine
  • Elizabeth Vice
  • Shirin Razavian
  • Alemu Tebeje Ayele
  • Lynette and Robert Craig
  • Janan Saab
  • Jonathan Wittenberg
  • Tamara Wilson
  • Anba Jawi