Shirin Ramzanali Fazel’s work speads its wings

Many of us at WWB will have heard Shirin share her intense and sensitive piece ‘Mare Nostrum’; you missed a treat if you haven’t!

Well, this piece was recently featured in a magazine and spotted by a French composer, Elizabeth Bossero, who was so taken by the subject and quality of writing that she contacted Shirin for her permission and then wrote and composed a performance piece ‘Solentium Nostrum’. This has subsequently been filmed and recorded and is on YouTube for you and the world to see.

Follow the link below, it is in French but is still very interesting and of course, a wonderful acknowledgement and endorsement for Shirin. Well done !!

Silentium Nostrum de Elizabeth Bossero concert

Mare Nostrum


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WWB performs in the park for KHARnival

11219632_657512421056199_7270313117920127763_n-400x300There was definitely a party going on around the Orchard in Highbury Park this sunny afternoon. The Kings Heath Action for Refugees summer event ‘KHARnival’ comprised a variety of events including members of Writers Without Borders who had been invited for the second year to share their writing with the public.

Glad of the shade in the glade, mature trees stood to attention around the meeting space as we gathered on logs, thankfully with cushions, to share our writing.

Just away from the main events area, it was a little quieter than we might have hoped but, with eight WWB members plus a few friends, readers performed to their usual high standard. The passing visitors came, dallied a little and want on, but overall there was a relaxed and enthralling hour and a half of poetry, stories with both tears and laughter.

It was great to have non-members, although most part of the extended WWB family, share their work too. Thank you to all those that contributed with words and the impromptu drumming at the end.

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The Moseley Bog Blog

So close to the city centre, the WWB Annual Outing was definitely a delight for the senses, a haven of wild, wooded and wet spaces.

Bog01Meeting at Sarehole Mill, we were ten at twelve noon for lunch and a drink. Good conversation and the chance to catch up with each other was an opportunity well taken in the growing heat of the day.

With the Mill out of action, it was decided to walk up to the Moseley Bog a short distance away. With the outing being entitled ‘The Tolkien Trail’, it was still part of the much wider route which takes in many places around the city, too much for one single visit.Bog05

Once we had found our way into the place, we had a charming and gentle board-walk amble through thick woods, open grassy spaces, and the wet patches that give the almost secret spot its name. More quiet conversation and reminiscences were the order the day.

Bog07Exiting through beautiful sculptural gates, it was back to the real world of traffic and tricky road crossings but all safe back to the car park. Final thanks for the great company and chat had the group going their separate ways to the many diverse things of everyday life that plague us all.

Just for those who asked the question, the Bog is combined with Joy’s Wood which is named after Joy Fifer who, in 1980, lead the campaign to save the Bog from being destroyed by the council as part of their landfill programme at the time. The now naturalised space of the former tip is named for her and is part of the combined ‘Moseley Bog and Joy’s Woods Local Nature Reserve’ in perpetuity for the people of the city.

Thanks to the creator for such small wonders to have at our fingertips to enjoy now and hopefully again.Bog02

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Solas Festival 2018

See Ricky Dragon and Predencia Dixon’s excursion up to Perth in Scotland here.

Solas Festival 2018



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WWB combines Art and World Affairs in Birmingham

In the elegant surroundings of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, members of Writers Without Borders represented themselves exceptionally well.


As part of the Celebrating Sanctuary events for Refugee Week, spoken-word made its mark on the event with a wide variety of readings from members of WWB. Each well constructed piece was very well received by the many listeners, be they focused or just passing through and this set, set off an afternoon of other exciting performances.

The long-standing connections with this and other groups were further cemented and WWB look forward to other events through the year as part of these creative collaborations.

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WWB supports Celebrating Sanctuary

Telling Refugees’ Stories

Thimblemill Lane Library – Saturday 16 June

An amazing afternoon of storytelling, puppets and poetry included members of Writers Without Borders as you will see below. Also Gavin Young who bought a cardboard lion to life for the children who were in awe of the whole event. Well done to all those who took part and enjoyed the day and the food.

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Jakefest 2018- coming very soon


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Jake Thackray Festival in Brum

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Poems for Grenfell Tower in Birmingham

A Grenfell Tower poetry event put together by Lorraine Boyce of Writers Without 2018-06-08 21.56.12Borders was held on the night of June 8, 2018 at the Artefact Café, Stirchley.
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The event which featured a collection  for the Grenfell Foundation, book sale of the Grenfell poetry anthology- “Poems For Grenfell”, poetry readings from the book and other performances revolving mainly around the Grenfell Tower fire disaster of June 14, 2017Grenfell Poetry8

The event which was brilliantly compered by Steve Pottinger, had in attendance guests and performers from the West Midlands and beyond. Performers on the night included Rip Bulkeley (editor of “Poems for Grenfell” anthology), Bernadette Lynch, Jane Spiro, Anne Peck, Writers Without Borders’ duo of Femi Abidogun and Lorraine Boyce (chief host of the 20180608_204733event) among others. There were also open mic performances by Alex, Mike and Bal.

GGrenfell Poetry7uests were also treated to an exhilarating musical performance by Philip Barlow.

All in all, it was a befitting event to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy exa2018-06-08 22.20.15ctly a year after the sad incident took place.

Report and pictures by Femi Abidogun.

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Wonderful New Publication from Farideh Valigholizadeh

This, her latest publication is a collection of poetry and personal observation:

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Available from Amazon, just click on the cover picture, or direct from the author see her email address above, it is one book not to be missed!

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