In Agatha’s Footsteps: Poetry Translation Workshops in Torquay

International Agatha Christie Festival

In Agatha’s Footsteps: Poetry Translation Workshops in Torquay

Join the Poetry Translation Centre at this Year’s Agatha Christie Festival to translate contemporary Arabic poets from Egypt, Syria and Iraq. Using Agatha Christie’s own travels as a jumping off point the PTC will be translating contemporary Arabic poets throughout the festival at daily workshops.

An enthusiastic traveller, Agatha Christie was inspired by her journeys in the Near East to write some of her most famous works including Death on The Nile and Murder in Mesopotamia. Translating contemporary poets from these countries allows us to celebrate Agatha Christie’s internationalism and discover exciting new artistic voices from that region.

Each day leading Arabic Translator Atef Alshaer and award winning UK poet Emily Hasler will be looking at a poet from a different country visited by Christie. Atef will provide literal translations and explain the cultural context of the work while Emily will guide the participants through the fascinating process of reconstructing the translations into powerful English language poems.

The finished translations will be presented at a reading with Sudanese poet Al Saddiq Al Raddi during the festival at 4pm, Saturday 16th September.  Click here for details

All are invited to join these collaborative translation sessions, all you need to participate is a love of words.

Emily Hasler lives on the Essex-side of the Stour. She has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, including Poetry London, Rialto, Magma, The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Dear World and Everyone In It. A pamphlet, Natural Histories (Salt), was published in 2011 and she is working on a full collection. In 2013 she was a Hawthornden Fellow and in 2014 she received an Eric Gregory Award. She owns an elderly but sharp rescue cat called Marple.

Atef Alshaer is a Lecturer in Arabic Studies at the University of Westminster. He first came to London after completing his Bachelor degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Birzeit in Palestine. Alshaer has written several books including Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World and an edited volume, Love and Poetry in the Middle East. He also writes and translates poetry. His latest translations include poems by the Sudanese poet, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi.

We will be running three Workshops on the 14th, 15th & 16th of September

To come to this event you will need a festiaval pass. Day passes cost £25 and a Grand Tour pass, covering the whole festival, costs £150.
You can see all the other events these passes will get you access to on the Agatha Christie Festival website.