Friday 24th June 2016 at 8 pm
Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1EA
Eleni Cay, Musa Dembele, Navid Hamzavi, Suhrab Sirat and Edin Suljic will read and perform hosted by Shamim Azad
Eleni Cay is a Slovakian-born published poet living in Manchester. Her first collection, A butterfly’s tremblings in the digital age (which is written in Slovakian), was published in 2013, after she won a national poetry competition in her native country Slovakia. Eleni’s English language poems were published in two pamphlets -Colours of the Swan and Autumn Dedications-and featured in MK Calling 2013 & 2015, anthologies (e.g., Mother’s Milk); poetry magazines (e.g., Envoi) and as the ‘best poetry videos on the web’ (Moving Poems). Eleni is currently studying the MA Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Musa Dembele from Burkina Faso, was born into a family of musicians and instrument makers that go back generations. He is a master craftsman of traditional West African instruments and accomplished musician and teacher. He has toured extensively throughout Africa, Europe and Israel, in particular with his band – ‘Koroleko’. He also spent many years based in Ghana where he played lead Balafon for the renowned Pan-African Orchestra.from Burkina Faso, was born into a family of musicians and instrument makers that go back generations.
Navid Hamzavi is an award-wining Iranian writer. He is currently doing his MA on Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. The first collection of his stories,”Rag-and-Bone man”, was published in 2010, and was severely censored by the Ministry of Cultural and Islamic Guidance. Having difficulties in publishing his stories, he recently came to London, he has been pursuing his career in writing and performing. He has given readings and performance at various festivals such as “Brighton Festival” , “Hardy Tree Gallery” and “Exiled Writer Ink” and some of his stories appeared in English magazines such as”Ambit”, “Stand” and “Critical Muslim”.
Suhrab Sirat is a poet, writer and journalist. He was born in 1990, in Balkh Province of Afghanistan. His first collections of poems were published by Balkh Independent Writers Association published by Afghan PEN, a member of International PEN. He is literature prize winner of the United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for Women Rights 2009, and the first prize winner for Qand-e-Parsi, 2011, a prestigious literature organization in Persian speaking countries. Suhrab has also written the first lyrics for the first Afghan female rapper criticizing patriarchy and taboos. He has represented Afghanistan at the Rio International Literary Festival (FLUPP) in 2013. Apart from his activities and achievement in literature, he has extensive experience working with prominent media networks such as BBC in Afghanistan.born in Afghanistan
Edin Suljic grew up in the multicultural, multinational society of former Yugoslavia, before moving to the UK at the onset of the tragic Yugoslavian war in 1991. Being of a diverse background, he has a personal inclination to making different parts of society understand each other to find common values. He likes a good story; telling and making stories about people in all their diversities is the best way of bringing people closer together. Edin Lives and works in London
Shamim Azad is the most known Bengali poet in England. She has published more than 30 books including novels, short stories and poetry in English and Bengali. She is the first poet of Bangladeshi origin ever to have performed in the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe (2011) and worked for cultural Olympiad 2012. She is currently working on a new Arts Council funded project called Bards without Borders – where migrant and refugee poets respond to Shakespeare.