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 DrMartin Orwin. Catastrophe 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 Catastrophewas made possible thanks to the people who supported our crowdfunding campaign. Thank you to everyone who helped!
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.
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
54 Cemetery Rd
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.
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’.