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08 May 2017  -  08 May 2017

Beyond These Walls



Exiled Lit Cafe presents:

Beyond These Walls: Writers of the Americas on the Theme of Home

Betsey Trotwood Pub 56 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3BL


A creative postcard session to protest the Border Wall between the US and Mexico. Open Mic to follow.

With writers:

Barbara L. Lopez Cardona was born in Medellin, Colombia and came to London in 1980 to escape war and the violation of human rights. An active member of SLAP (Spanish and Latin American Poets) and Bards without Borders, her work has appeared in the anthology Fantasmas, amor y mas and In Protest, as well as online literary magazines and blogs. She is an actor and activist as well as writer, and has contributed to many public events, including most recently the Exile Writers Ink Symposium at SOAS: The Danger of Words in the Age of Danger.

Mabel Encinas is a Mexican poet and artist based in London. A member of SLAP and Hispano-American Women Writers on Memory, she is committed to taking her work and experiences as a migrant woman to a wider audience through events, collaborations, publications and workshops – including at the Royal Festival Hall and for Exile Writers Ink. She writes regularly on current affairs and has published a collection of poetry called Intimate View. Last year she was awarded second place in the Festival of Chilean Voices for Latina American Poets in London.

Marta Maretich is the author of three novels: The Merchants of Light, The Bear Suit and The Possibilities of Lions. A published poet and essayist; her account of artistic pilgrimages, “The Incompetent Pilgrim” was included in the anthology, Inspired Journeys, named as one of the top ten travel books of 2016 by National Geographic. Born in Nigeria, she grew up in California and now lives in London with the painter Michael Alford.

Carlos Reyes-Manzo is a poet and social documentary photographer. Persecuted and imprisoned following the military coup in Chile, he claimed asylum in the UK in 1979. His bilingual book of poetry, Oranges in Times of Moon was published in 2006. To mark the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, he was appointed Amnesty’s inaugural Poet in Residence. In 2014-2015, he was a writer in residence at the Department of Politics, Birkbeck where he is currently an Associate Research Fellow. His poetry and his photography reflect the struggles and hopes of the marginalized and oppressed in society.

Consuelo Rivera is a teacher, sociologist, feminist Lesbian scholar and narrative memoirist who learned the art of imagination from her grandmother and mother. An MA and PhD in Sociology/Women’s Studies, she has published articles in English and two books of poetry in Spanish (La Liberacion de la Eva Desgarrada and Arena en la Garganta). Currently doing an MA in Publishing at the University of Derby, she is co-author and editor of two anthologies in the series Wonder-Makers: Navigator of the Thames with the Hispano-American Women Writers on Memory group.

Host: Catherine Davidson