Featured Events

  1. My Voice at the Southbank Centre's Poetry International Festival

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    My Voice Tour 2014, Friday 18th July 2014

    Our tenth anniversary was celebrated in style at a gala reading featuring some of the UK's leading poets reading their translations alongside distinguished international poets Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, and Reza Mohammadi.

  2. CANCELLED 'London Calling': My Voice at the City of London Festival

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    My Voice Tour 2014, Monday 14th July 2014

    Sadly, we've had to cancel this event, much to the disappointment of ourselves and our partners, Poet in the City. Apologies to everyone. But do please join us at Poetry International on 18th July.

  3. My Voice: Ten Years of the Poetry Translation Centre at the Ledbury Poetry Festival

    My Voice Tour 2014, Sunday 6th July 2014

    We're delighted to be returning to the wonderful Ledbury Poetry Festival for a reading to celebrate publication of My Voice with Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Reza Mohammadi and Sarah Maguire

  4. The First Reading from My Voice: Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire in Oxford

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    My Voice Tour 2014, Friday 13th June 2014

    Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire gave the inaugural reading from My Voice: A Decade of Poems from the Poetry Translation Centre in Oxford's Albion Beatnik's Bookshop

  5. Al-Saddiq Al Raddi Reads Poems Inspired by the Sudanese Collections of the Petrie Museum

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    Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi at The Petrie Museum , Thursday 29th May 2014

    This magical evening saw Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi read his sequence of new poems inspired by the The Petrie Museum's Sudanese collections for the very first time

  6. The Hundred Years' War Launch Reading

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    Wednesday 28th May 2014

    The Hundred Years' War, an anthology edited by Neil Astley, presents poems from a hundred years of war, including poems translated by the PTC that will be read at this event celebrating the book's publication.

  7. 'We Are Reborn': An Evening of Afghan Poetry and Music at Leighton House

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    Tuesday 4th February 2014

    Despite foul weather and a tube strike, this was a wonderful evening of poetry from Afghanistan by Reza Mohammadi and Shakila Azizzada with music by the Yusuf Mahmoud Afghani Music Ensemble at Leighton House, one of London's most beautiful buildings.

  8. Hadraawi Reads at The Mosaic Rooms

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    Hadraawi Tour Autumn 2013, Tuesday 29th October 2013

    The best-loved Somali poet, Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame 'Hadraawi', read from his new selected poems with PTC Director, Sarah Maguire, reading W N Herbert's translations. This was the last chance to see Hadraawi before he returned to Somaliland.

  9. London Book Launch for Hadraawi, The Poet and the Man

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    Hadraawi Tour Autumn 2013, Sunday 20th October 2013

    The London book launch of the selected poems of the greatest living Somali poet, Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame 'Hadraawi' was a truly remarkable occasion that will be remembered by everyone lucky enough to be at Oxford House.

  10. Three Persian Poets Read in Manchester

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    Persian Poets' Tour 2013, Thursday 20th June 2013

    Back by popular demand, the first event of our Persian Poets' Tour of 2013 sees all three poets read alongside their poet-translators at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.

  11. Cardiff Central Library Hosts Three Persian Poets

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    Persian Poets' Tour 2013, Saturday 22nd June 2013

    Azita Ghahreman, Reza Mohammadi and Shakila Azizzada read alongside their UK poet-translators, Maura Dooley, Nick Laird and Mimi Khalvati at a Saturday afternoon reading at Cardiff Central Library.

  12. Midsummer's Night Reading in London by Three Persian Poets

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    Persian Poets' Tour 2013, Monday 24th June 2013

    The only London reading for our three Persian poets was sold out: more than 100 people came to hear Azita Ghahreman, Reza Mohammadi and Shakila Azizzada read with their translators, Maura Dooley and Nick Laird

  13. Three Persian Poets Read at Edinburgh Central Library

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    Persian Poets' Tour 2013, Tuesday 2nd July 2013

    Our three Persian poets and their poet-translators received a very warm welcome for their only reading in Scotland at Edinburgh Central Library.

  14. Final Reading for Our Three Persian Poets at Ledbury Poetry Festival

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    Persian Poets' Tour 2013, Saturday 6th July 2013

    The final reading of our three wonderful Persian poets and their UK poet-translators took place at Ledbury Poetry Festival.

  15. Launch of Chapbook by Abdellatif Laâbi

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    Monday 18th February 2013

    Leading Moroccan poet, Abdellatif Laâbi, winner of the Prix Goncourt, received a warm welcome on a very cold night at the launch of his new chapbook of poems, translated by André Naffis-Sahely.

  16. Somali Week 2012 Festival Launch

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    Friday 19th October 2012

    The launch of the 2012 Somali Week Festival featured Clare Pollard reading her newly-commissioned translations of poems by Muse Cali Faruur, and Said Salah.

  17. Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi at The Mosaic Rooms

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    Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi at The Petrie Museum , Thursday 18th October 2012

    Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi read and discussed his new poems written in response to the Sudanese collections of The Petrie Museum alongside Sarah Maguire and Joanna Oyediran, Sudan Programme Officer at the Open Society Initiative for East Africa

  18. Workshop with the Youth Factor at The Petrie Museum

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    Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi at The Petrie Museum , Saturday 13th October 2012

    The Petrie Museum's Poet in Residence, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, was joined by members of the Youth Factor, a group of young Sudanese artists and activists, for a stimulating and revealing afternoon of readings and discussions

  19. The Petrie Museum Welcomes Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

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    Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi at The Petrie Museum , Wednesday 11th July 2012

    We're very grateful to everyone at The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaelology for organising such a warm welcome for Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi to his residency at Museum

  20. Poetry Translation Centre Celebration Reading

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    Poetry Parnassus London 2012, Sunday 1st July 2012

    One of the final events of Poetry Parnassus was a PTC Celebration Reading featuring Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, David Shook, Jo Shapcott, Mimi Khalvati, Reza Mohammadi, Ribka Sibhatu and Clare Pollard.

  21. Gala Reading Featuring the Poetry of Five Persian Poets and Their Five British Poet-Translators

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    Persian Poets' Tour 2012 , Friday 18th May 2012

    The culmination of our fabulous Persian Poets' Tour was this Gala Reading at London's Rich Mix featured the poetry of all five Persian Poets read by their five British poet-translators.

  22. A New World of Words: Afghan Poetry and Culture

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    Persian Poets' Tour 2012 , Saturday 19th May 2012

    An enthusiastic, capacity audience heard two leading Afghan poets, Shakila Azizzada and Reza Mohammadi, read alongside their poet-translators, Mimi Khalvati and Nick Laird, while Sarah Maguire read her translations of Partaw Naderi's poems.

  23. Persian Poets Read at the Mosaic Rooms in West London

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    Persian Poets' Tour 2012 , Thursday 3rd May 2012

    West London is home to many Persian-speaking people and so we were delighted that our first reading of the tour, featuring three Persian poets, took place at the Mosaic Rooms

  24. International Women's Day Celebration with Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf and Clare Pollard

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    Thursday 8th March 2012

    We celebrated International Women's Day in style this year, with a reading by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf and Clare Pollard to celebrate the publication of their beautiful new chapbook.

  25. Somali Week Festival 2011 Women's Evening

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    Somali Poets' Tour 2011, Wednesday 26th October 2011

    A special celebration of the vital role played by Somali women, especially poets and artists, in promoting peace and development with poet Saado Cabdi Amarre and Sarah Maguire

  26. Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi at the Petrie Museum, London

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    Two African Poets 2010, Thursday 29th July 2010

    Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi read alongside his translator Sarah Maguire at the Petrie Museum, London.

  27. Coral Bracho, David Huerta and Victor Teran at the Cervantes Institute, London

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    Mexican Poets' Tour 2010, Thursday 15th April 2010

    Coral Bracho, David Huerta and Víctor Terán read alongside their poet-translators Katherine Pierpoint, Jamie McKendrick and David Shook.

  28. Mexican Poets' Tour Launch Party

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    Mexican Poets' Tour 2010, Wednesday 14th April 2010

    Our Mexican Poets' Tour was launched with a fabulous party at The Photographers' Gallery in Central London.

  29. The World Poets' Tour at Dove Cottage: Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Sarah Maguire and Sabry Hafez

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    World Poets' Tour 2008, Saturday 25th October 2008

    A talk by Sabry Hafez on Wordsworth in Arabic translation was followed by a reading by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire

  30. Gala Readings: Poetry in Seven Languages at the British Library

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    World Poets' Tour 2008, Saturday 18th October 2008

    The Gala Reading at the British Library was an unprecdented literary event featuring the poems of six international poets read in translation by six leading British poets.

  31. Gaarriye and W N Herbert at the Bluecoat Centre in Liverpool

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    World Poets' Tour 2008, Tuesday 14th October 2008

    Readings by Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye' and W.N.Herbert

  32. Reception at the House of Lords

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    World Poets' Tour 2008, Thursday 9th October 2008

    Lord Victor Adebowale hosted a reception to celebrate the World Poets' Tour at the House of Lords.

  33. World Poets' Tour 2008 Launch Party

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    World Poets' Tour 2008, Monday 6th October 2008

    We launched our World Poets' Tour with a fabulous party at the October Gallery in London.

  34. World Poets' Tour 2005, London: Men's Night

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    World Poets' Tour 2005, Thursday 13th October 2005

    Gaarriye, Partaw Naderi and Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, gave a reading of their poetry at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS as part of the WPT.

  35. World Poets' Tour 2005, London: Women's Night

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    World Poets' Tour 2005, Wednesday 12th October 2005

    Poets Toeti Heraty, Gagan Gill and Coral Bracho read their poetry for the WPT Women's Night at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

  36. World Poets' Tour 2005 Launch Party

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    World Poets' Tour 2005, Tuesday 4th October 2005

    The PTC's World Poets' Tour was launched with a brilliant party at The October Gallery.

  37. International Poets Meet for the First Time

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    World Poets' Tour 2005, Sunday 2nd October 2005

    Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Partaw Naderi and Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye' met for the first time at the start of the PTC's first World Poets' Tour in 2005

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