Exiled Writers Ink and SOAS, University of London, Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies

Arts in Dark Times: Endangered in Afghanistan

Kabul wall mural: ArtLords

Saturday 13th November 2021 from 2 to 5.30 pm

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG (tube: Russell Square)

with Dr James Caron (academic), Reza Mohammedi (poet), Abdul Sulamal (writer), Index on Censorship, Suhrab Sirat (poet), Dr Zuzanna Olszewska (academic), Karim Haidari (journalist & novelist), Dr Fatemeh Shams (academic), Milad Yousofi, tbc (musician) and others tba.

Artists and writers in Afghanistan face imminent danger under the renewed Taliban regime. This symposium will focus on the state of Afghan arts, particularly writers and literature, under the two Taliban regimes and the period in between. Beyond simplistic generalisations presented by the media, lie multiple narratives of resistance that will be explored in the symposium.

It aims not only to provide a platform for diverse voices, and to increase knowledge and awareness, but also to generate activism.

Exiled Writers Ink and The Literary Consultancy’s Free Read Scheme

Do you have a refugee or migrant background?

  • Exiled Writers Ink is one of the Literary Consultancy’s partners and we are currently accepting submissions for the Scheme from those with refugee and migrant backgrounds.
  • The Scheme is an opportunity for talented, low-income writers to receive professional feedback on their work. This will be a long, detailed report.
  • Please now send your poetry or short stories or novels or play extracts to Exiled Writers Ink.
  • We will assess it for quality and then forward it to The Literary Consultancy.
  • Send in a 12 size font and double spaced, except for poetry.
  • Send your work to