Part of: Online Poetry Translation Workshops: Autumn 2022 Translating Bangla poet Mohammed Nurul Huda with Shamim Azad


This workshop translating Bangla poetry will look at the work of Mohammad Nurul Huda, a living legend of Bangladeshi literature. He is particularly acclaimed as the jatisattar kobi meaning 'the poet of national identity'. Huda is best known as a poet but writes in many forms, as well as being a leading intellectual, working as the Director General of Bangla Academy, a national institute of arts and letters.

Translator - Shamim Azad

Shamim Azad’s work ranges from Bangladeshi to European folktales. Her performance fuses the lines between education and entertainment and her workshops are rooted in Asian folk, oral traditions and heritage. Azad has published books including novels, collections of short stories, essays and poems in both English and Bangla and has been included in various anthologies including British South Asian Poetry, My Birth Was Not In Vain, Velocity, Emlit Project and Mother Tongues. She wrote two plays for Half Moon Theatre.

Poet - Mohammad Nurul Huda

Mohammad Nurul Huda is a Bangladeshi poet and novelist who was born in 1949. He has written more than fifty poetry books. A versatile writer, he is also widely known as an essayist, literary critic and translator. His love of folklore informs his work as a groundbreaking intellectual rights lawyer who works to copyright and protect traditional cultural expressions.

Workshop Facilitator - Helen Bowell

Helen Bowell is a London-based poet and co-director of Dead [Women] Poets Society. In 2020, she co-guest-edited an issue of Modern Poetry in Translation (focus on dead women poets). She is a Ledbury Poetry Critic and her debut pamphlet The Barman was published by Bad Betty Press in 2022.

There is no need to know the language being translated. Simply come along and share your passion for words, writing and understanding.

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