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12 March 2020  -  12 March 2020

Many Places to Call Home


The Poetry Translation Centre, Exiled Writers Ink and the Institute of English, University of London present

Many Places to Call Home

Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

An evening of poetry, music and discussion inspired by ideas of nomadic existence, having many places that you call home and how different landscapes shape the art that you create.

Kurdish poet Bejan Matur is one of the leading writers among a bold new women’s poetry emerging from the Middle East. The author of six widely translated poetry collections, Bejan has lived across the continent, most recently in London, Athens and Istanbul.

Shetland-based poet Jen Hadfield is a winner of the TS Eliot Prize and has collaborated with Bejan and Turkish translator Canan Marasligil to create electrifying English interpretations that make up the new publication Akin to Stone from the Poetry Translation Centre.

Leo Boix is a Latin bilingual poet, translator and journalist born in Argentina who lives and works in the UK. He has published two collection in Spanish, Un lugar propio and Mar de noche, and his debut Engolish collection will be out in 2021.

Amir Darwish is a Syrian poet born in Aleppo who came to Britain in 2003. He has two collections published by Smokestack Books and his poetry has been widely published around the world.

Ethiopian musician Haymanot Tesfa (pictured) sings in Amharic and plays the traditional krar.

Host: Isabel del Rio, writer, poet, linguist, journalist, broadcaster, publisher. £5