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Pre-order our 2020 World Poet Series

Pre-order our 2020 World Poet Series

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Featured poets: Mohan Rana, Ribka Sibhatu, Najwan Darwish

Featured translators: André Naffis-Sahely, Bernard O’Donoghue

In 2020 our world poet series will be releasing brand new chapbooks from acclaimed Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish, Eritrean storyteller and poet, Ribka Sibhatu and two reissues, one by Indian poet Mohan Rana, translated by Bernard O'Donoghue and a second as yet to be announced.

Our World Poet Series celebrates its second year of publication! Subscribe to all four books now and receive a free chapbook by Diana Anphimiadi for Christmas.

The four collections offer you short introductions to contemporary writers of real importance from around the world and are a pleasure to read.

The World Poet Series offers a set of elegantly designed, 66-page, pocket-sized books which showcase the most exciting living poets from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The poems are presented in bilingual format across facing pages. The translations themselves bring together leading English language poets and bridge-translators. The series features an afterword essay by an acclaimed UK-based poet responding to the work.

The Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish is one of the most important writers to have emerged in Arabic since the turn of the century. The New York Review of Books even says he is “one of the foremost Arabic-language poets of his generation”. As a poet and critic he has a profound impact on the contemporary poetry scene. Darwish’s style is hard to pin down, he shifts shape from one poem to another. This makes reading his collection a delight as it showcases the range of techniques displayed by one voice. Find out how he can be witty and direct, emotional truthfully and inspiringly lyrical.

Ribka Sibhatu is a poet, storyteller and activist. She writes in Tigrinya and Italian. Her first published work was Aulò! Canto Poesia dall’Eritrea (Sinnos, 1993), a collection of lyrics and prose poems originally written in Tigrinya and translated by herself into Italian. The work is seen as a bilingual meditation on her past life in Eritrea and subsequent experience as a migrant in Italy. Born in Asmara, Eritrea, in 1962, Sibhatu was imprisoned for a year in 1979 and then fled the country in 1980. Her collection as part of the World Poetry Series, features work from across Ribka’s writing life. It reflects on the breadth and complexity of her poetic engagement.

Indian poet Mohan Rana was born in Delhi in 1964, graduated in Humanities from Delhi University. He lives in the UK well over 20 years now. This distance to India might also inform one of the striking features of his poetry: a constant question of reality and what is taken for granted. At times this comes across as a charming sometimes naive inquire and makes his work accessible to the reader. While progressing through his collection, it becomes evident that behind this apparent naivety lies a layer of complex philosophical and literary inheritance. 

A fourth chapbook in the 2020 World Poets Series will soon be announced.