On the Front Line

Literary Activism

Towards an Open Land: On the Frontline Together


In response to rising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism across the UK, Exiled Writers Ink will be bringing together a diverse range of Muslim and Jewish writers currently living in Britain. Through workshops, they will explore their personal narratives and literary traditions to create poetic responses.

After these London workshops, we will take our project on the road to expand the conversation. These events with local communities will include poetry, discussion and workshops on the nuances of writing poetry as an enquiry into transnational cultural identities.


Mondays 24th June, 1st, 22nd, 29th July from 6 to 8 pm

SOAS, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG (nearest tube: Russell Square)

Facilitated by experienced Muslim and Jewish tutors working together, this short course aims to help you articulate your experiences, drawing on your cultural backgrounds to create work that resists stereotypes and celebrates difference and diversity.
In the face of increasing hostility, the two communities can draw strength and solidarity from one another.
Four workshops build from an exploration of the creative process to completing work you are proud of.
Come listen, learn and be inspired.

About the tutors:
Shamim Azad is a bilingual poet, storyteller and writer of Bangladeshi origin.
Ariel Kahn is a published novelist and lecturer in creative writing.

After these London workshops, we will take the project on the road in England to draw in local communities to interactively expand the conversation about imposed identities.

Register now: exiledwritersink@gmail.com

Free for Exiled Writers Ink 2019 members. Otherwise, join EWI (£15) for 4 free workshops. FREE if there is a payment problem.

The first event was
On the Frontline: Jewish and Muslim Poets Speak Out
Changing Wor(l)ds Literature Festival
Saturday 25th May from 12.30 to 2.30 pm
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FH
with poets Amir Darwish, Dr Jennifer Langer, Mohamed Mohamed and Jill Abram.
Come and hear their poems and join them in the discussion.