ACE Funds Residency for Sudanese Poet, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, at The Petrie Museum
We're delighted to announce that Arts Council, England has agreed to fund a residency for Sudanese poet, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi at the Petrie Museum for Egyptian Archaeology at University College London.
The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.
Saddiq first visited the Museum when he came to the UK to particpate in the PTC's first World Poets' Tour in 2005. He read his poetry there in 2006 and in 2010. Saddiq's poetry frequently reflects on ancient Sudanese cultures and he is very aware of the profound significance this unique heritage holds for his country.
During the residency he will work closely with Professor Stephen Quirke, Curator of the collection and Professor of Egyptology at University College, London. Saddiq will produce a series of poems in response to the Sudanese collections which will later be translated and published. Saddiq will also take part in readings and events at other museums across the UK.
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