‘Amazement’ is one of the most loved and most popular poems by Hadraawi, the greatest living Somali poet, perhaps because it uses nature as a rich source of metaphor to describe his beloved’s loveliness.
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This week’s poem podcast is To Catch Butterflies by Noshi Gillani. The poem is read first in English translation by Lavinia Greenlaw and then in Urdu by the novelist Kamila Shamsie. This and 16 other poems by Noshi Gillani were translated into English by translator Nukhbah Langah and the poet Lavinia Greenlaw.
We are now half way through a new set of poetry translation workshops. Poet and translator Alireza Abiz has introduced us to the work of Iranian poet Mohammed Bagher Kolahi Ahari. Dawood Azami’s workshop looked at a poem called ‘Pride’ by Abdul Bari Jahani, one of the most famous contemporary poets from Afghanistan working in the Pashto language.
Our exciting new workshop series begins with a young Egyptian poet who became famous during the ‘Arab Spring’. We’ll also be translating poetry from Pashto, Somali and Georgian and poetry in Arabic by Mauritania’s best-loved poet.
In 2013 we published a new chapbook by Moroccan poet, Abdellatif Laabi, took our three brilliant Persian poets on tour and co-published the first selection of poems in English and Somali by Hadraawi, the greatest living Somali poet.
We are thrilled to announce that the Fondation Jan Michalski, a Swiss-based charitable foundation dedicated to supporting writers and literature, has awarded the PTC £25,000 to develop a new website.
To mark the passing of Nelson Mandela, we’ve gathered together a selection of powerful poems by leading African poets, including the magnificent ‘Mandela’ by Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac ‘Gaarriye’.
Many congratulations to Thai poet, Angkarn Chanthathip, for being awarded the the 2013 South East Asian Writers’ Award for his collection of poems, The Heart’s Fifth Chamber.
The PTC is looking for an enthusiastic intern who’s interested our work and who has the ability to make a real contribution to what we do. Working part-time for 8 hours a week, our intern would be paid the London Living Wage of £8.55 per hour.
The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day is water and to celebrate we’ve collated some of our favourite water poems translated from twelve different languages for you to read and share.