Listen to ‘Please bring a token home from each journey’ by Urdu poet Noshi Gillani, translated by Nukhbah Langah and UK poet Lavinia Greenlaw.
This week’s podcast is ‘This Prisoner Breathes’ by Noshi Gillani from Pakistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Lavinia Greenlaw and then in Urdu by UK author Kamila Shamsie.
‘The Wind Too Can Change Direction’ by Noshi Gillani, known for the candour and frankness of her highly-charged poems, translated from Urdu by Lavinia Greenlaw & Nukbah Langhah.
Noshi Gillani’s choice of complex imagery and ideas made translating her poems into English extremely difficult. Read Nukhbah Langah’s essay on translating Noshi Gillani’s poems from Urdu.