An evening focusing on the diverse oppressions against women and their resistance to them.An evening of prose, poetry, music and action
Hanna Ali is a writer, a poet, a Teaching Fellow and a PhD candidate in SOAS, University of London where she specialises in Afro-Arab identity. She is a former Radio Presenter who was recently listed as number 4 in Buzz Feed’s “21 Black British Muslims You Should Know About”. Her new collection of short stories speaks of all the complexities of Somaliness, blackness, womanhood, family and so much more. www.marketfiftyfour.com
Maria Bravo Calderara is a Chilean writer in exile. In the last three years she has become an important poet in her own country and some of her poems are on permanent display at the National Stadium. Her first poetry book in London, Prayer in the National Stadium (1992) won a GLC prize. In 1993 she published a book about Pablo Neruda’s poetry in Chile. Her short stories have recently been included in various anthologies published in Chile and in Spain while her poems have appeared in anthologies and periodicals published in the United Kingdom and continental Europe including Wonder-Makers. Navigators of the Thames. Poetry (2015) and Narrative (2016).
Mona Dash Originally from India, she writes fiction and poetry. Her work includes: Untamed Heart (Tara India Research Press, 2016), her first novel and two poetry collections, Dawn- Drops (Writer’s Workshop, 2001) and A certain way (Skylark Publications, UK 2016). Mona was awarded a ‘Poet of excellence’ award in the House of Lords’ in 2016. Her work has been published widely and she has also read in various venues and literary festivals in the UK. An engineer and MBA, she works as a sales manager in a global technology organisation.
Anba Jawi is a poet who writes in Arabic and English and publishes in the Iraqi daily newspaper Alaalem that circulates in Baghdad. She worked in the refugee sector for more than twenty years. Anba is member of Exiled Writers Ink and a voice within the London Iraqi diaspora. She was awarded an MBE in 2004 by the Queen for her contribution to the U.K. communities.
Consuelo Rivera is a Chilean-British writer and academic and is the author of various poetry books in Spanish and English. She has published many academic and creative articles in journals and edited books in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Poland. She belongs to the ‘Hispano-American Women writers on Memory’ literary group and to ‘SLAP’ (Spanish and Latin American Poets). For her latest poetry, see Bristolatino and Live Encounters magazines. She established Victorina Press in 2017. She was imprisoned and tortured during the Chilean dictatorship of Pinochet, and is an ardent defender of Human Rights.
Open Mic – Audience response
Host: Jennifer Langer