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Poem Podcast: Drawing by Reza Mohammadi

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This week’s poem is ‘Drawing’ by Reza Mohammadi from Afghanistan. In 2012 poet Nick Laird and Hamid Kabir translated several of Reza’s poems for the Persian Poets Tour. The poem is read first in English and then in Dari by Reza.

Poem Podcast: Stolen Apple by Farzaneh Khojandi

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This week’s Poem Podcast is ‘Stolen Apple’ by Farzaneh Khojandi. An extract from poet Jo Shapcott’s essay ‘Translating Farzaneh Khojandi’ relates the experience of translating Khojandi’s poems and learning about the the tough conditions of life in Tajikistan.

Poem Podcast: In the Company of Michelangelo by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

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Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic today. The Poetry Translation Centre and Bloodaxe Books are publishing his first full length collection in English. ‘A Monkey at The Window’, Selected Poems by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is now available.

A Monkey at The Window - Selected Poems by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

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Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic today. The Poetry Translation Centre and Bloodaxe Books are publishing his first full length collection in English. ‘A Monkey at The Window’, Selected Poems by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is now available.

Poem Podcast: Glaucoma by Azita Ghahreman

This week’s poem is ‘Glaucoma’ by Azita Ghahreman from Iran. The poem is read first in English translation by Maura Dooley and then in Farsi by Azita herself.

Poem Podcast: The Bridal Veil

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Listen to ‘The Bridal Veil’ by Shakila Azizzada, translated by Mimi Khalvati and Zuzanna Olszewska. Shakila Azizzada has spent many years in the Netherlands and her poetry reflects both her Afghan heritage and her European influences. She also writes in Dutch and translates her own poetry both ways.  She is a very musical poet,  tender and intimate, but also uncompromising in her political poems, and sometimes surreal – a poet of range and courage.

Celebrate The Day of The Dead with Living Mexican Poets

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The Poetry Translation Centre have translated three wonderful Mexican poets; David Huerta, Coral Bracho and Victor Terán. Watch them perform their poetry with their Poet translators David Shook, Katherine Pierpoint and Jamie McKendrick and buy all three of their poetry chapbooks for just £10.

Poem Podcast for Somali Week: Taste by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf

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To celebrate this week’s Somali Week Festival our Podcast is ‘Taste’ by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf. Caasha and her poet Translator Clare Pollard will be appearing at Somali Week events in London and Bristol. Listen to Caasha’s Podcast and read how working on these translations made Clare want to ’ tear up a lot of mainstream English poetry’s ‘rules’.

Why do Somali poets have nicknames?

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To naanays or not to naanays? Within the Somali community it is common for people to be referred to, almost exclusively, by a nickname or a naanays. So why do many poets, such as Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac (Gaarriye)  and Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame (Hadraawi), have nicknames but Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf doesn’t?

Poem Podcast: ‘Death of a Princess’ by ‘Gaarriye’

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This week’s poem podcast is ‘Death of a Princess’ by Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac ‘Gaarriye’ from Somalia. The poem was translated by Maxamed Xasan ‘Alto’, Martin Orwin and W N Herbert. We are featuring this poem this week in the run up to Somali Week 2016 which we will be celebrating with events in London and Bristol this year.