Exiled Lit Cafe
Exiled Writers Ink Exiled Lit Cafe
Presents “ OUT OF THE ASHES ”
7.30PM Monday 5th December
Betsy Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
£5 or £3 2016 Exiled Writers Ink members and asylum seekers
With poets: Wafaa Abed Al Razzaq, Gregory Spis, Hmdi Khalif, Peter Godismo, David Clark
Wafaa Abed Al Razzaq (pictured) is an Iraqi poet and writer. She was born at 1952 in Basra and currently resides in London. She has participated in many poetry festivals and published seven poetry books in Arabic between 1999 and 2008, in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, as well as six poetry CD’s in Iraqi spoken language –accompanied by music, two short story books, three novels and one poetic novel.
Peter Godismo is a Nigerian poet now living in London. He has published three books: “A Snake in the King’s Palace”, “Chains and Rings” and “Miffed” and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. His poems cover a wide range of issues, from love, hate, identity, tradition and governance. Peter belongs to Exiled Writers Ink, London Poetry Society, and The Artisan in the UK. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Abuja literary Society(ALS), Guild of Artistes and Poets in Nigeria.
Hamdi Khalif is a poet originally from Somalia. While new on the poetry scene, she recently joined the Bards Without Borders collective, London poets from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are creating a response to Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. Hamdi’s poems are a fusion of both English and Somali, not only in terms of language but also in ideas and identity, covering a range of themes from loss to womanhood.
Gregory Spis is a poet and a writer. His flagship poem, ‘Short-feature tattoos’ won him an award in London. He translated from Italian into Polish Le avventure di Guizzardi by Gianni Celati. He is a member of the Polish Writers Abroad Association and two poetry groups: KaMPe & 4th Floor in POSK, Hammersmith, as well as Croydon Poets. Recently interviewed he read some of his poems on Radio Croydon.
David Clark, this evening’s host, is the child of refugees, grew up in England, Italy, and Austria, studied anthropology in Canada and East Africa. He has edited the Poetry Page for Second Generation Voices and was on the editorial committee of Exiled Ink. His poems have been published in Contemporary writers of Poland, Flying Between Words, edited by Danuta Blaszak and Anna Maria Mickiewicz (2015) and in Second Generation Voices.