To naanays or not to naanays? Within the Somali community it is common for people to be referred to, almost exclusively, by a nickname or a naanays. So why do many poets, such as Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac (Gaarriye) and Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame (Hadraawi), have nicknames but Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf doesn’t?
Translator Alice Guthrie reflects on translating Iraqi poet Kadhem Khanjar’s harrowing poem ‘Breaking News: Mass Grave Discovered Nearby’ in the tranquil setting of our Torquay workshops during the International Agatha Christie Festival.
Spoken, Not Stirred, who run regular poetry events in the east end of London, organised a fundraiser on Saturday the 5th of August 2017. The day featured a reading of ‘Catastrophe’ by Daljit Nagra, followed by a Spoken, Not Stirred open mic
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