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Workshop on Poetry from Kenya in Swahili by Alamin Mazrui

Translator and novelist, Katriina Ranne, joined us for a workshop on poetry from Kenya in Swahili by Alamin Mazrui. A political activist (who was imprisoned under the Moi regime) and distinguished academic (Professor of African Languages and Literatures), Alamin Mazrui's poetry has never before been translated into English.

In the workshop we translated three of his poems, 'I Crossed', 'Touch Me' and 'I Am I'. We're very grateful to Katriina for introducing us to some fascinating poetry in Swahili for the first time.

Our poetry translation workshops are one of the PTC's core activities. Through them we've first encountered some of the poets we've gone on to translate, publish and record at length. A significant number of the poets who've visited the UK to take part in our tours were introduced to us by a translator bringing their poems to a workshop.

The workshops are open to anyone who can contribute a translation of a poem by a living African, Asian or Latin American poet who has an established reputation in their own language.

Workshops are free but places are limited so advance booking is essential. If you've not attended one of our workshops before, please read this before booking a place.

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