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Part of: World Poets’ Tour 2005 International Poets Meet for the First Time

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.

They were all invited round to Sarah Maguire's house in west London for an informal gathering before the tour kicked off. The poets, Sarah Maguire and Tom Boll of the PTC, were joined by David Harsent, Maxamed Xasan 'Alto' and Martin Orwin, Gaarriye's translators; Yama Yari, who translated Partaw Naderi; Hafiz Kheir, Saddiq's translator; the journalist Kevin Rushby, who wrote an article for The Guardian, 'Unbroken Chain' and photographer Crispin Hughes.

It was an extraordinary afternoon, the best possible inauguration of the international events that were to come.

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