Series: Catastrophe: Weedhsame Tour 2017

Join the PTC as we tour the UK with leading Somali poet Xasan Daahir Ismaaciil 'Weedhsame' this October.

The PTC is publishing Catastrophe by Somali poet Xasan Daahir Ismaaciil 'Weedhsame' as an illustrated poem-poster, including a brand-new translation by BBC Radio 4 poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra and SOAS scholar Dr Martin OrwinCatastrophe is a howl of anguish about the migration of the Somali people. It offers a provocation to western Europe and a message of hope to all who have fled their homes to seek a better life across the sea. It is also an electrifying piece of writing by a rising star in Somali literature.  We are very excited to bring Weedhsame to UK audiences, whose work will offer poetic insight into the Somali culture and language.

The publication of Catastrophe was made possible thanks to the people who supported our crowdfunding campaign. Thank you to everyone who helped!

You can order a copy of the Catastrophe poem poster, illustrated by artist Bryan Talbot, here.

We are very pleased to announce an array of readings and workshops with Weedhsame alongside his translators Daljit Nagra and Martin Orwin. The PTC has a long-established relationship with the Somali community and we are glad to be working with Kayd Somali Arts and Culture again this year for Somali Week London, an annual celebration of Somali culture which is going from strength to strength.

Events from Catastrophe: Weedhsame Tour 2017

Somali Language and Poetry Workshop – Featuring Martin Orwin Passed

Somali Language and Poetry Workshop – Featuring Martin Orwin

Aqoon iswaydaarsi ku saabsan gabayada iyo af Soomaaliga – Martin Orwin. Unfortunately, Xasan Daahir Weedhsame is no longer able to run this workshop. It will be led by Weedhsame’s friend & translator Martin Orwin

Israac Somali Community Association
Vestry Hall
54 Cemetery Rd
Sheffield
S11 8FP
Ilkley Literature Festival - Catastrophe Launch Passed

Ilkley Literature Festival - Catastrophe Launch

Unfortunately, Weedhsame is not able to attend this event. His poetry will be read in Somali by his friend and translator Martin Orwin. Daljit Nagra and bridge translator Martin will read ‘Catastrophe’ followed by a Q&A.

The Playhouse
Weston Road
Ilkley
LS29 8DW
London - Pure Poetry: Somali Language Reading Passed

London - Pure Poetry: Somali Language Reading

This poetry event in London is dedicated to the rich oral traditions of the Somali language. Our very own Weedhsame, author of ‘Catastrophe’, will be present, reading some of his recent works.

Oxford House
Derbyshire St
Bethnal Green
E2 6HG
London - ‘Catastrophe’ London Launch with Daljit Nagra Passed

London - ‘Catastrophe’ London Launch with Daljit Nagra

Poets Weedhsame and Daljit Nagra will be together in London, for the first time, reading the Poetry Translation Centre’s latest publication, ‘Catastrophe’. The evening will be opened by Dr. Martin Orwin, who will be introducing the poem to the audience. This will be followed by an English & Somali reading of ‘Catastrophe’.

Oxford House
Derbyshire St
Bethnal Green
E2 6HG