Poetry in Grasmere – Persian Poets Tour

When: Back to Calendar » May 15, 2012 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Where: The Wordsworth Hotel
Cumbria LA22 9SW
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Cost: £8.00 (£7.00 if booked & paid in advance)
Contact: 015394 35544

The Wordsworth Trust presents Farzeneh Khojandi (pictured), Reza Mohammadi and Partaw Naderi, with translators Jo Shapcott & Nick Laird (tbc) – a rare opportunity to see three of the foremost poets writing in Persian today, with two acclaimed British poets as translators.

Persian poetry is rightly famed for the richness of its heritage and many classical Persian poets, such as Rumi and Hafez, are famous across the world.

But little is known about how contemporary Persian-language poets have continued to enrich and enliven their tradition – a gap that that this Poetry Translation Centre tour hopes to address.

Farzeneh Khojandi, is regarded as Tajikistan’s foremost living writer. Her playful and witty poetry draws on the rich tradition of Persian literature in a subversive and humorous way.

Reza Mohammadi was born in Afghanistan in 1979 and is one of the most exciting young poets writing in Persian today. He is also a prolific journalist and cultural commentator.

Partaw Naderi (right) is one of the leading modernist poets in Afghanistan, the lyrical intensity of his work coupled with his bold use of free verse distinguishing him as a highly original and important poet. He was imprisoned by the Soviet-backed regime in Afghanistan in the 1970s, shortly after he began to write poetry. After years in exile he recently returned to Kabul, where he is president of Afghan PEN.


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