Series: Persian Poets’ Tour 2012

Our Persian Poets' Tour featured the poetry of five acclaimed poets from three countries - Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan - in a series of readings and events across the UK throughout May 2012, read in translation by their British poet co-translators Jo Shapcott, Nick Laird, Maura Dooley, Mimi Khalvati and Sarah Maguire.

Our Persian Poets' Tour featured the poetry of five acclaimed poets from three Persian-speaking countries - Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan - in a series of readings and events across the UK, read in translation by their British poet co-translators Jo Shapcott, Nick Laird, Maura Dooley, Mimi Khalvati and Sarah Maguire.

The tour was an extraordinary success: we had capacity audiences (80 people at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham; 90 people at the Millennium Library Norwich, and a further 80 at Asia House in London) plus a fantastic article by Christina Patterson in The Independent,an insightful blog post by Gregory Leadbetter on the pleasure of hearing the poems read in their original language and an article by poet Reza Mohammadi, 'Afghanistan has poetry in its soul'on The Guardian website.

The poets taking part include the London-based Afghan poet, Reza Mohammadi (translated by Nick Laird), as well as two poets new to the PTC, Azita Ghahreman (translated by Maura Dooley) from Iran and Shakila Azizzada (translated by Mimi Khalvati) from Afghanistan.

You can now read all the new poems by Azita, Reza and Shakila that were translated specially for the tour by clicking on each poet's name, above, and they can also be downloaded or purchased as chapbooks.

We deeply regret that tragic personal circumstances meant that Farzaneh Khojandi (translated by Jo Shapcott) from Tajikistan, who took part in our second World Poets' Tour in 2008 and Partaw Naderi (translated by Sarah Maguire) from Afghanistan (who participated in the PTC's first World Poets' Tour in 2005) were unable to take part in the tour. Their poems were read at all the events in Persian and in English by Jo Shapcott and Sarah Maguire. Our thoughts are with Farzaneh and Partaw, whom we all missed very much indeed.

Persian poetry is rightly famed for the richness of its heritage and many classical Persian poets, such as Rumi and Hafez, are famous across the world. But little is known about how contemporary Persian-language poets have continued to enrich and enliven their tradition, a gap that our forthcoming tour hopes to address.

The Persian language, with local variations, is spoken today in three countries: Afghanistan (Dari), Iran (Farsi) and Tajikistan (Tajik) and our tour will feature poets from each of these countries.

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Events from Persian Poets’ Tour 2012

Persian Poets’ Tour Launch Party May Day 2012 Passed

Persian Poets’ Tour Launch Party May Day 2012

The fabulous launch party for our Persian Poets’ Tour took place at the October Gallery on a beautiful May evening.

The October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
London
WC1N 3AL
Persian Poets Read at the Mosaic Rooms in West London Passed

Persian Poets Read at the Mosaic Rooms in West London

West London is home to many Persian-speaking people and so we were delighted that our first reading of the tour, featuring three Persian poets, took place at the Mosaic Rooms

Mosaic Rooms
226 Cromwell Road
London
SW5 0SW
Persian Poetry at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Passed

Persian Poetry at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

A chance to hear the poetry of five Persian Poets read and translated by some of the UK’s leading poets at The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

The Dylan Thomas Centre
Somerset Place
Swansea
SA1 1RR
Persian Poetry Night at Pomegranate Restaurant, Manchester Passed

Persian Poetry Night at Pomegranate Restaurant, Manchester

Three Persian poets read at the Pomegranate Restaurant in Manchester. A unique opportunity to hear wonderful poetry in an intimate setting coupled with fabulous food.

Pomegranate Restaurant
202 Burton Road
West Didsbury
Manchester
M20 2LW
Persian Poets at Persepolis in Peckham Passed

Persian Poets at Persepolis in Peckham

Three Persian Poets read at the wonderful Persian shop, Persepolis in Peckham, with tea and cakes to hand. An unmissable chance to stock up on barberries and dried limes and listen to some fabulous poetry!

Persepolis
28-30 Peckham High Street
London
SE15 5DT
A New World of Words: Afghan Poetry and Culture Passed

A New World of Words: Afghan Poetry and Culture

An enthusiastic, capacity audience heard two leading Afghan poets, Shakila Azizzada and Reza Mohammadi, read alongside their poet-translators, Mimi Khalvati and Nick Laird, while Sarah Maguire read her translations of Partaw Naderi’s poems.

Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library
The Forum
Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1AW