ACTIVITIES

Live literature event

Saturday 8th May from 3 to 4.30 pm via Zoom

Exiled Writers Ink and Civic Leicester present

Black Lives Matter:
Poems for a New World and
Resistance: Voices of Exiled Writers

Compered by Fatima Hagi, the event will feature readings by some of the poets in Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World (CivicLeicester, 2020) and Resistance: Voices of Exiled Writers (Palewell, 2020).

The Poets
Aziz Isa Elkun –  Anna Blasiak –  Leo Boix –  Amir Darwish –
Sara Eliot – Michelle Fuller – Mehrangiz Rassapour –

Barbara Saunders –  Lester Gomez Medina – Nasrin Parvaz

There will also be opportunities to ask contributing writers and participants about their work.

About the organisers
CivicLeicester is an indy publisher that uses events, video, photography, social media, and print and digital media to highlight conversations. Books published include Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World and Per terra e per mare: Poesie per chi è in cerca di rifugio (translated by Pietro Deandrea).
Exiled Writers Ink is a London-based organisation that focuses on providing a space for writers to be heard, on promoting the creative literary expression of refugees, migrants and exiles, encouraging cross-cultural dialogue and advocating for human rights through literature and literary activism.

Workshop participants with facilitator and Valbona Ismaili LutaCreative Writing Workshops for 2021

If you’re a refugee, immigrant or asylum-seeking writer and are interested in exploring your own poetry and prose Exiled Writers Ink offers the following classes.

The classes are free but you need to join Exiled Writers Ink: £15 for the year.
Apply to Jennifer exiledwritersink@gmail.com
If there are problems paying, please discuss this in confidence.

Reading Like a Poet (A Weekly Cooperative Poetry Class)

Each week we read a poem from a notable poet around the world. We dig into the craft, ethos, theme, context and insight the poem offers. Each person in the class will be asked to share, taking turns in presenting one poet. Poets will be encouraged to write a weekly poem in response, and there will be a chance to share one new poem a month for group feedback.

Wednesdays 6.30 to 7.30 pm via Zoom
Tutor: Catherine Davidson

The Craft of Poetry (Monthly)

This is a class designed for a deeper dive into the craft of poetry. The class focuses on different aspects of poetic form and meaning. Poets will practise techniques to draw the reader into the space of the poem. Themes include: the art of the line, stanzas, voice, imagery, poetic forms and ‘how to title’ a poem. The focus on specific aspects of craft will lead to deeper engagement with your own poems, and poets are expected to actively engage in writing and revision.

First Saturday of the month 3.00 to 5.00 pm via Zoom
Tutor: Dr Denise Saul

Sharing Your Work (A Cooperative Support Group – Monthly)

This is a group designed to support writers who are ready to share their work with the outside world. Each month we will meet to share and set goals. We will offer each other insights into publishing opportunities, prizes, awards and other public forums. The goal is to take a professional approach to getting your voice out into the world, but to do that as part of a team. Our ethos is to cheer each other on, help each other out: comrades – not competitors – in the art of “shipping” your work.

Workshop participants with facilitator and Valbona Ismaili Luta

First Monday of the Month, by Zoom 6 to 7 pm
Begins 1st March 2021
Facilitator: Catherine Davidson

Prose Writing (Monthly)

This is a group designed for writers who are currently working on a novel/novella, memoir or other long-form prose projects. Each month writers will be selected in advance to present an excerpt from their current project for a critique and constructive feedback on their work. Depending on the readings, we hope to be able to explore different aspects and techniques as they arise and to offer continued and more in-depth support throughout the evolution of longer-term writing projects.

Last Thursday every month, 6 to 8 pm
Begins 25th February 2021
Tutors: Elena Croitoru and Danielle Maisano