A look back at our 2017 tours featuring Bejan Matur, Karin Karakaşlı, Canan Marasligil, Sarah Howe, Jen Hadfield, Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, Clare Pollard, Daljit Nagra and Martin Orwin.
We are sad to announce that the PTC’s founder and Artistic Director, Sarah Maguire, died last night. Sarah was a distinguished poet in her own right, as well as the driving force behind the PTC.
By: Dave Haysom
‘Only those who can’t find joy go looking for thought. Look for thought in poetry? Are you sick or something?’ Literary translator and editor Dave Haysom introduces Chinese ‘Lower Body Poetry’
By: Alice Guthrie
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.
By: John Akinde
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
By: Micha Meyers
‘Curiosity and a little chutzpah got me through the door.’ Workshop stalwart Micha Meyers writes about what it’s like to translate with the PTC.
By: Ilhaan Mohamed
Former PTC intern Ilhaan Mohamed lays out the questions rased by her ongoing research into the relationship between nationality and translation in the world of literature.
By: Erica Jarnes
Listen to the Poetry Translation Centre’s playlist of poems from Libya, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland and Yemen, all countries affected by Trump’s ‘Muslim ban.’
By: Marion Molteno
Marion Molteno gives a brief introduction to Urdu poetry, relating its popularity, discussing the Ghazal poem form and Marvelling at mushairas: poetry recitals that draw massive crowds.
By: Natasha Sutton Williams
Poet Clare Pollard facilitates poetry translation workshops for the PTC. She talked to Natasha Sutton Williams of London Calling about the process and challenges of being a poet-translator.