Join English PEN at the Southbank Centre

Revealing Hidden Voices

Friday 8th July 1.00pm –

The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank

Revealing Hidden Voices, in association with English PEN and
the Poetry Translation Centre, presents a selection of poets and musicians from
both refugee and international backgrounds, tying in to the London Literature
Festival’s celebration of the artists and voices that contributed to the 1951
Festival of Britain.

Poet Nii Parkes will introduce an exciting line up of
readers: Choman Hardi is a poet, writer and academic researcher, born in
Iraqi Kurdistan and has published three collections of poetry in Kurdish. Her
first English collection, Life for Us, was published by Bloodaxe in 2004.
She will be joined by poet and artist Seni Seneviratne whose poetry
collection, Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin (Peepal Tree Press 2007) was
described as “a virtual
master class between covers”
and Reza

widely regarded as one of the most exciting young poets from
Afghanistan writing in Persian today. Reza’s poems will be translated by
Sarah Maguire, poet and Director of the Poetry Translation

Music is provided by Woven Gold, a choir made up of
refugees fleeing persecution, and supported by the Helen Bamber Foundation, who
make music with a raw energy and power, joyful and expressing a basic belief in

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