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Exiled Lit Café – Opening lands

Monday 7 October 2019, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Opening lands:

An evening of poetry, prose and creative partnerships

Hosted by Catherine Davidson and Abbas Faiz

Part I: Book Launches

We are delighted to feature readings from three upcoming books that feature creative partnerships and bridges across time and culture.



Ziba Karbassi reads from Lemon Sun


Ziba Karbassi is a former Chair of Exiled Writers Ink and a leading poet in exile, with ten books of poetry published in Persian. She was born in Northwestern Iran in 1974 and fled to London in the 1980’s. In 2009 she won the Golden Apple poetry prize in Azerbaijan. Her poems have been translated into many languages throughout Europe, and in the US and UK. Translations by Stephen Watts have appeared in Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation. Ziba’s readings have been called “visceral stuff” compared to both punk and beat poetry.


Marta Dzuirosz reads from Renia’s Diary


Marta Dzuirosz is a Polish to English literary translator, interpreter and literary curator; she was a Free Word Centre Translator in Residence, and works for Pan Macmillan and is a member of the Translators Association committee. Her writing and translations have appeared in the New Statesman, PEN Atlas, Words Without Borders and In Other Words, among others. Along with Anna Blasiak (whose poems appear in EWI’s e-mag) she has translated the diary of Renia Spiegel, a young Jewish Polish poet who wrote on the eve of the Second World War and before her death at 18.


Stephen Duncan reads from Beata Duncan’s Breaking Glass.


Stephen Duncan is a poet and sculptor, whose Ghost Walking was a Book&Pamphlet competition winner with Smith/Doorstop Books. He has won Bridport, Arvon, Cardiff and Greenwich Competition prizes, is a Hawhornden Fellow and participated in the 2019 EWI Open Lands Workshops. He will be reading from Breaking Glass, a collection of his late mother’s work, published by WriteSideLeft Press.



Part II: Open Lands Workshop: Discussion and Reading


This summer saw the launch of the ongoing Towards an Open Land project, a series of workshops in London and on the road that invite writers from Muslim and Jewish backgrounds to explore identity and creativity in an era of increasing Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. The workshops were hosted by writers Shamim Azad and Ariel Khan, and this event will be a chance to hear the results of the first round of collaborations. Readings will be followed with a panel and discussion.


Readers: Shamim Azad, Jennifer Langer, Hasan Khaya, Anba Jawi, Justin Hoffman and Mark Collins.

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