Who is a resident writer?

In order to be admitted by the city of refuge program, one must be a writer with a certain literary production and be able to demonstrated that they are threatened or persecuted in their homeland because of their literary work. The definition of “author” includes writers of both fiction and non-fiction works, as well as playwrights, poets, editors, translators, publishers, journalists and cartoonists. In recent years there have also been included movie directors, bloggers and rappers. It is the Writers in Prison Committee at PEN International that has an overview of authors who are persecuted and need protection.

Important information about Norwegian PEN and asylum seekers

Norwegian PEN is a member-based organization and its main work is to defend the freedom of expression of our members who are writers; we are not an asylum seeker organization. To read about the relationship between Norwegian PEN and NOAS (Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers) and what our duties are, click on this link.

The following authors are/have been resident writers in Norwegian cities of refuge:

BERGEN
Ayaz Khonsyawashan(poet, journalist, Iranian Kurdistan)
Hossein Heidary (actor, journalist, Iranian Kurdistan)
Lokeesan Appuththurai (journalist, Sri Lanka)
Kareem Amer
(blogger, Egypt)
Ratan Kumar Samadder
(blogger, Bangladesh)

Dessale Abraham Berekhet (writer, journalist, Eritrea)
Idrak Abbasov (journalist, Azerbaijan)
Jahid Hassan (editor, blogger, Bangladesh)
DRØBAK
Arifur Rahman (cartoonist, Bangladesh)
Fadi Abou Hassan (cartoonist, Palestinsk flyktning fra Syria)
Mohsen Hossaini (visual artist,  animator, Afghanistan)
HARSTAD
Abazar A. Bagi Hamid
 (musician, Sudan)
Hamid Sakhizada (musician, Afghanistan)
Nikan Khosravi (musician, Iran)
HAUGESUND
Andrei Nekrasov (moviemaker, journalist, Russia)
Sahar Bayati
(journalist, interpreter, Iran)
KRISTIANSAND
Iyad Ibrahim Rikabi (writer, Iraq)
Carlos Sherman
† (writer, translator, Belarus)
Salah S. Ali (writer, researcher, Iraq)
Song Chi (moviemaker, journalist, Vietnam)
Haile Bizen Abraha (writer, journalist, Eritrea)
LEVANGER
Mamon Ali Jabari (journalist, Syria)
Gunel Movlud (poet, journalist, Azerbaijan)
LILLEHAMMER
Francisca Prudence Uriri (moviemaker, Zimbabwe)
Hai Ba Huynh (journalist, advokat, Vietnam)
Nama Jafari (poet, redaktør, Iran)
Fatemeh Ekhtesari (poet, Iran)
Mehdi Mousavi (poet, Iran)
MOLDE
Gilles Dossou-Gouin † (writer, Benin)
Nada Yousif (poet, journalist, Iraq)
Ammar Tassaei (writer, journalist, Iran)
Hika Fekede Dugassa (writer, lecturer, Etiopia)
Samah Mahmoud (writer, poet, Palestine)
Ali Abukhattab (poet, journalist, playwright, Palestine)
OSLO
Benyamin Farnam (moviemaker, Iran)
Soudabeh Alishahi
(novelist, teacher, Iran)
Aziz Sangtarash (novelist, poet, Iran)
Kosar Fattahi (writer, Iranian Kurdistan)
Philo Ikonya (writer, journalist, Kenya)
Mahsa Nikan (psychologist, children’s writer, Iran)
SKIEN
Basim Mardan (translator, writer, Iraq )
Safaa Thiab Alwan (journalist, Iraq)
Abduallahi Muhiaddin
(cartoonist, journalist, Somalia)
Nawzat Shamdin (journalist, writer, Iraq)
Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury/ Tutul
(publisher, writer, Bangladesh)
STAVANGER
Ali Dorani/ Eaten Fish (cartoonist, Iran)
Araz Elses (musician, Azerbaijan)
Mansur Rajih
(poet, Yemen)
Mansour Koushan † (writer, Iran)
Islam Elsanov (moviemaker, Chechnya)
Chenjeraj Hove † (poet, novelist, Zimbabwe)
Otba Fathalla Mahmoud (journalist, Iraq)
Manal Al-Sheikh (poet, translator, Iraq)
Elahe Rahroniya (writer, artist, Iran)
Mohammad Habeeb (translator, writer, Syria)
TROMSØ
Easterine Kire (writer, Nagaland/India)
Mohammed Hassan Abdullah
(translator, writer, Iraq)
Jahangir Alam Akash
(journalist, Bangladesh)
Le Thanh Trung (journalist, blogger, Vietnam)
Sanaa Aoun (writer, Syria)
TRONDHEIM
Asieh Amini (journalist, writer, Iran)
Ashur Etwebi (poet,  Libya)
Mohammad Rahbar (journalist, writer, Iran)
Montaser Abdel Rahman (poet, novelist, Egypt)
Musa Mutaev (writer, Chechnya)
NB! Certain writers are not in this list or have been anonymized for safety reasons.