Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi Book Launch at the Petrie Museum
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Join us to celebrate the launch of He Tells Tales of Meroe: Poems for the Petrie Museum, a new book of poems by Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi inspired by the Petrie Museum’s collection of material from Meroë in Sudan. The poems were created while Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi was poet in residence at the museum, thanks to a partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre and funding from Arts Council England.
The book, with poems in Arabic translated by Sarah Maguire and Rashid Elsheikh, also includes evocative photographs of the Petrie’s Sudanese collections by Crispin Hughes. Readings of the poems by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire will take place on the night.
Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic today. He has gained a wide audience in his native Sudan for his imaginative approach to poetry and for the delicacy and emotional frankness of his lyrics. His poetry has always been concerned with the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of Sudan and its complex history.