Monthly Archives: September 2007

Free poetry writing workshops for refugees and exiles

Exiled Writers Ink invites you to participate in:


Tuesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th October, 11.00 am to 1.00 pm

Where do you come from, what is your identity?

If you are interested in writing poems about your life experiences and what it is like to be exiled in a new country, do come along and be encouraged to find a way into writing. All welcome. Poetry Writing Workshops with poet and workshop facilitator Lynette Craig who holds an MPhil in Writing; she mentors exiled writers and leads workshops for both beginners and more experienced writers. Her own writing reflects her interest in the dispossessed, the persecution and exile.  

Finsbury Library

245 St.John Street


Close to corner of St John Street and Skinner Street

Tube: Angel, Northern Line

Buses: 153

Wheelchair access. Disabled toilet.


Exiled Writers Ink thanks Islington Libraries for providing the workshop venue.


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Lecture on ‘Stereotypes and Strangers: Muslims in Film and Television Drama since 9/11’

23 October 2007, 5.30pm, Room NG 15, Senate House, University of London

Dr. Peter Morey 

‘Stereotypes and Strangers: Muslims in Film and Television Drama since 9/11’

Seminar ‘Inter-University Postcolonial Studies’, organised by the Institute for English Studies, University of London

Dr. Peter Morey is Reader in English at the University of East London. He is author of ‘Fictions of India: Narrative and Power’ (Edinburg UP, 2000), ‘Rohinton Mistry’ (Manchester UP Contemporary World Writer’s Series, 2004), and co-editor of ‘Alternative Indias: Writing, Nation and Communalism’ (Rodopi, 2006). He has published widely in the fields of colonial and postcolonial literature, and is currently working on a new monograph, entitled ‘Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and Representation from 9/11 to 7/7’, co-authored with Amina Yaqin, to be published by Harvard University Press.

The autumn 2007 seminar series of the Inter-University Postcolonial Studies is dedicated to the topic of Postcolonial/Muslim Cultures and Representation.  Find the full programme on their website:

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Call for Contributions: Exiled Ink Magazine

The editorial committee of Exiled Ink magazine, a magazine featuring the work of exiled writers, invite contributions for the next issue.

Deadline: end of September 2007

Please send contributions to:

For more information see:

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Rrahman Dedaj at the Exiled Lit Cafe

Monday 8th October 2007 (2nd Monday of the month) at 7.30 pm

Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (Covent Garden tube)

Rain Cries in Kew Gardens

The evening is dedicated to one of the greatest Kosovar Albanian poets: Rrahman Dedaj who recently died in exile in London with with poetry performed by his daughter, Arta Dedaj and other Kosovan poets and musicians

Chair: Valbona Ismaili Luta plus Open Mic session

£2 EWI members; £4 others

Exiled Ink! magazine for sale: £3.

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Weblogs effects on Social Interactions/Capital

A group of researchers at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are investigating effects of Weblogs on “Social Capital”. Therefore, they have designed an online survey. By participating in this survey you will help researches in “Management Information Systems” and “Sociology”. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this survey. It will take 5 to 12 minutes of your time.
Your participation is greatly appreciated. You will find the survey at the following link.

This group has already done another study on Weblogs effects on “Social Interactions” and “Trust”. To obtain a copy of the previous study brief report of findings you can email Reza Vaezi at

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CFP: Conference on Museums and Refugees

Museum in Docklands, London, 13-14 March 2008

Deadline for call of papers:  17 October 2007

How do museums and more broadly the heritage sector engage with refugees and asylum seekers and the increased global focus on forced migration?  The collective and individual voices of the people are rarely heard and often misrepresented in the media.  Museums, academic research centres, non-government organisations and government departments/agencies now see the need to explore the cultural contributions to and impact of refugee and asylum seeker groups on urban and regional centres.

The conference aims to explore how museums and other heritage agencies are responding to complex ethical, legal, social and political issues.  How can museums inform debate and, given recent trends in immigration and asylum polices, highlight international and national obligations to protect people from persecution? 

These issues impact on the work practices of museums in terms of curatorial decisions, collecting strategies, partnerships, approaches to programming, as well as shared decision making in collaborative exhibitions and public events.  Are museums agents and forums of cultural change or do they reflect social change?  Is there a new role for museums in terms of cultural facilitation and mediation?  Should museums be more proactive as places for cross-cultural exchange and developing understanding between ‘new’ communities and peoples of diverse backgrounds?  Are there appropriate ethical codes of practice in place to facilitate these new agendas?

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Free IT Courses for Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Update

Community Media Design have a few places left on their course ‘Introduction to Using Computers’.

This is a FREE COURSE specially designed for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Suitable for absolute beginners to intermediate users the course covers Word Processing, File Management, Spreadsheets, Computer Management, Emails, Using the Internet, and Computer Security.  

13 weeks, 2 flexible afternoon workshops a week. This is the final round  for this course with few places left so you are urged to contact us asap. 

Enrolment & Registration: 10 – 25 Sept 2007.
Community Media Design, 220 Farmers Road, Camberwell, SE5 0TW. Tel. 020 7193 2239.  

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