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The Poetry Translation Centre

The Poetry Translation Centre was established by the poet Sarah Maguire in 2004 to translate contemporary poetry from Africa, Asia and Latin America to a high literary standard. English poetry has yet to engage with the rich poetic traditions of the many languages now spoken in the UK; for Islamic communities in particular, poetry is a particularly significant art form. The Poetry Translation Centre aims to redress that deficiency, celebrating the cultures of communities that are frequently neglected in the UK and inviting them to play a vital role in British cultural life.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £130,000
  • 2013-2014: £130,000
  • 2014-2015: £130,000

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Sarah Maguire reads 'Clarity' by Hadraawi, translated by WN Herbert

PTC Director Sarah Maguire reads WN Herbert's English translation of the poem 'Clarity', written by the Somali poet Hadraawi.

Hadraawi reads 'Clarity'

The acclaimed Somali poet Hadraawi reads his poem 'Clarity' at the Mosaic Rooms in west London.

Sarah Maguire reads 'Society' by Hadraawi, translated by WN Herbert

PTC Director, Sarah Maguire, reads WN Herbert's English translation of the poem 'Society' by Somali poet Hadraawi.

Hadraawi reads at the Mosaic Rooms in London

The Prince Claus award winning Somali poet Hadraawi reads at the Mosaic Rooms in west London.

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Abdellatif Laabi and Andre Naffis-Sahely read 'Dish of the Day'

Moroccan-born, Prix Goncourt prize winning poet Abdellatif Laabi and his translator Andre Naffis-Sahely read at the Free Word Centre in London. http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poems/406/Dish_of_the_Day

Abdellatif Laabi and Andre Naffis-Sahely read 'Burn the Midnight Oil'

Moroccan-born, Prix Goncourt prize winning poet Abdellatif Laabi and his translator Andre Naffis-Sahely read at the Free Word Centre in London. http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poems/407/Burn_the_Midnight_Oil

Abdellatif Laabi and Andre Naffis-Sahely read 'The Manuscript'

Moroccan-born, Prix Goncourt prize winning poet Abdellatif Laabi and his translator Andre Naffis-Sahely read at the Free Word Centre in London. http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poems/337/The_Manuscript

Abdellatif Laabi and Andre Naffis-Sahely read 'Far from Baghdad'

Moroccan born, Prix Goncourt winning poet Abdellatif Laabi and his translator, Andre Naffis-Sahely, read at the Free Word Centre in London. http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poets/Abdellatif_Laabi

Abdellatif Laabi and Andre Naffis-Sahely read 'The Wolves'

Moroccan born, Prix Goncourt winning poet Abdellatif Laabi and his translator, Andre Naffis-Sahely, read at the Free Word Centre in London. http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poets/Abdellatif_Laabi

Abdellatif Laabi and Andre Naffis-Sahely read 'My Mother's Language'

Moroccan born, Prix Goncourt winning poet Abdellatif Laabi and his translator, Andre Naffis-Sahely, read at the Free Word Centre in London.

The Youth Factor poetry performance

Members of the Youth Factor perform alongside Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi as part of his residency at the Petrie Museum

The Youth Factor poetry performance

Members of The Youth Factor perform their poetry alongside Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi as part of his residency at The Petrie Museum.

The Youth Factor poetry performance

Members of The Youth Factor perform their poetry alongside Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi as part of his residency at the Petrie Museum.

The Youth Factor poetry performance

Members of The Youth Factor perform their poetry alongside Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi as part of his residency at the Petrie Museum.

Youth Factor Poetry Performance

Members of The Youth Factor perform their poetry at the Petrie Museum as part of Al-Saddq Al-Raddi's residency.

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi workshop with The Youth Factor

Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi takes part in a workshop with young people from The Youth Factor http://theyouthfactor.co.uk/ as part of his residency at The Petrie Museum.

Caasha Lul Mohamad Yusuf and Clare Pollard read at Somali Week 2012

Caasha Lul Mohamad Yusuf and Clare Pollard took part in a poetry reading as part of Women's Night at Somali Week 2012.

Caasha Lul Mohamad Yusuf and Clare Pollard At Somali Week 2012

Caasha Lul Mohamad Yusuf and Clare Pollard take part in a discussion and poetry reading as part of Womens' Night, Somali Week 2012.

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire read 'The Impression of an Unknown Woman'

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire read 'The Impression of an Unknown Woman'. This poem was inspired by Saddiq's residency at the Petrie Museum of Archaeology at University College, London. This reading was filmed at the Mosaic Rooms.

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire read 'The Key of Life'

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire read 'They Key of Life', a poem inspired by Saddiq's residency at the Petrie Museum of Archaeology at University College, London. This video was filmed at the Mosaic Rooms, London.

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire read 'They Think I am a King. Yes. I am the King. '

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Sarah Maguire read 'They Think I am a King. Yes, I am the King' at the Mosaic Rooms, London.

Joanna Oyediran, OSI Sudan Programme Officer

Joanna Oyediran, OSI Sudan Program Officer talks about her time in Sudan and the poetry of Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi.

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi discusses his residency at the Petrie Museum

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi discusses his residency at the UCL Petrie Museum of Archaeology, with his interpreter Salma Daoud.

Sarah Maguire and Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi at the Mosaic Rooms

Sarah Maguire and Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi read from their chapbook of poems at the Mosaic Rooms, London. http://www.poetrytranslation.org/downloads/2

Maura Dooley and Azita Ghahreman read 'With a Red Flower'

Maura Dooley and Azita Ghahreman read 'With a Red Flower' at the Persian Poets 2012 tour Gala Reading at Rich Mix, London

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Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3GA
London
EC1R 3GA

51.523251, -0.10663

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