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Exiled Writers

Monday 7 January 2019, 7:30 pm10:00 pm

Monthly Exiled Lit Cafe.


Why Chagos?


Mir Mahfuz Ali – Mimi Khalvati

– Omar García-Obregón – Shazea Quraishi

Music: Freddy Macha from Tanzania

Mir Mahfuz Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh.He has given readings and performances at the Royal Opera House and other theatres in Britain and beyond. His poems have been widely published. Mahfuz was shortlisted for the New Writing Ventures Awards 2007 and Picador Poetry prize 2010. He is the winner of Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2013. Midnight, Dhaka (Seren: 2014) is his first collection. He is now working on his second book.


Mimi Khalvati has published eight collections with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, and Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. A new collection of sonnets, Afterwardness, is due in October 2019. She is a founder of the Poetry School and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Omar García-Obregón is a Cuban born, British-American academic, award-winning poet and a human rights activist of Spanish descent. He is a Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Poetics at Queen Mary University of London, where he has worked since 1992. His new collection is Fronteras: ¿el azar infinito? (Leiden: Bokeh, October 2018) Borders: An Infinite Game of Dice?

Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born Canadian poet and translator whose poems have appeared in UK and US publications. Her collection is The Art of Scratching(Bloodaxe: 2015)and she is adapting her chapbook The Courtesans Reply as a play. She has received a Brooklease Grant from the Royal Society of Literature, and an Artists International Development Fund award from the British Council and Arts Council.


Open Mic

Host: Jennifer Langer




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