Displaced Voices: Translating Writing by Refugee and Exiled Authors

Displaced Voices: Translating Writing by Refugee and Exiled Authors

10 Mar 2020, 13:00 - 14:00

Literary Translation Centre

In recent years, a number of writers escaping conflict and political persecution have gone into exile or find themselves exiled in their own country through discrimination and censorship. Some of them are seen as giving voice to the experience of displacement or outright political protest, as is the case of the Kurdish Iranian award-winning writer Behrouz Boochani, who denounced the inhuman conditions systematically imposed on asylum seekers in detention. Others, already published and widely known before leaving their country, continue to write for readers some of whom are now part of the same diaspora. What are the challenges displaced writers, their publishers and translators face and how do we ensure that their writing finds new readers across linguistic and cultural barriers while still reaching their own language communities?

The session is organised by Literature Across Frontiers with support from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Arts Council of Wales.



  • Ed Doegar


    Comissioning Editor

    Poetry Translation Centre

    Edward Doegar is Commissioning Editor of the Poetry Translation Centre. Poet, editor and critic, and was general manager of the Poetry Society from...

  • Shalim M Hussain


    Poet and Translator

    Shalim M Hussain is a poet, translator and rights activist from Assam who is completing his PhD at Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi. His...

  • Omid Tofighian


    Academic and Translator

    University of New South Wales

    Omid Tofighian is an award-winning lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in citizen media, popular...

  • Marcia Lynx Qualey


    Writer and Editor


    Marcia Lynx Qualey is a writer (TLS, Guardian, others) and founding editor of the 'ArabLit' website (www.arablit.org), which won a 2017 London Book...

  • Alexandra Büchler



    Literature Across Frontiers

    Alexandra Büchler is director of Literature Across Frontiers, European Platform for Literary Exchange, Translation and Policy Debate, based in Wales....


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