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Part of: Poetry Translation Workshops Winter Season 2018 SOLD OUT Translate Arabic poet Najwan Darwish with Atef Alshear

The Albany
Douglas Way

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Najwan Darwish is a leading voice in contemporary Arabic literature, working as a poet, journalist, editor and critic. The New York Review of Books has described him as "one of the foremost Arabic-language poets of his generation" and Canadian poet Amal El-Mohtar said Darwish has "a voice simultaneously so passionate and so matter-of-fact that it stops the breath.” Darwish’s life and work will be introduced by returning guest translator Atef Alshaer who has led a number of our recent workshops on Arabic poetry.

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The workshops are open to all. There is no need to know the language being translated.

Najwan Darwish’s work has been translated into twenty languages. In 2014, US public radio included his book Nothing More To Lose as one of the best books of the year. He serves as the literary advisor to the Palestine Festival of Literature and has held key positions in cultural journalism, including Chief Editor of Min Wa Lla Magazine, and cultural critic for Al Akhbar Newspaper.

Atef Alshaer is a lecturer in Arabic Studies at the University of Westminster. He first came to London after completing his Bachelor degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Birzeit in Palestine. He went on to obtain a Masters and PhD from the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at SOAS, University of London and has taught there until 2014. He also writes and translates poetry. His latest translations include poems by the Sudanese poet, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi.

Edward Doegar is a poet, editor and critic based in London, and the commissioning editor at the Poetry Translation Centre. His poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe) and Granta. He is a consulting editor at The Rialto, a fellow of The Complete Works and was general manager of the Poetry Society between 2013 and 2017. His pamphlet, For Now, was published by clinic in 2017.

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