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Bejan Matur and Karin Karakaşlı – Turkish Poetry in Translation

Bejan Matur and Karin Karakaşlı – Turkish Poetry in Translation


Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with Poetry Translation Centre (PTC), with support from Arts Council England and the Prince Claus Foundation, is delighted to invite you to a landmark evening of poetry and friendship in Turkish, Kurdish and English. Celebrated Kurdish poet Bejan Matur and Armenian-Turkish poet Karin Karakasli will read their work alongside TS Eliot Prize-winning British poets Jen Hadfield and Sarah Howe, before discussing the delicate art of translation with their bridge translator Canan Marasligil.

This event will take place between 7:00 and 8:15pm on 25 June 2017 at Arcola Theatre. Click below to purchase your tickets.

The event is part of the PTC Summer Tour with four exceptional poets from Turkey and the UK from 21 June to 1 July 2017.

The tour marks the publication of two new Poetry Translation Centre chapbooks: If this is a lament by Bejan Matur (translated by Jen Hadfield and Canan Marasligil), and History-Geography by Karin Karakasli (translated by Sarah Howe and Canan Marasligil).

This event will be in English with poetry readings in Turkish, Kurdish and English.

CEFTUS is proud be the lead partner of this poetry tour. Please see below for other events which will take place from 21 June to 1 July 2017.

21 June: Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival

23 June: the British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia

26 June: Free Word Centre (in partnership with English PEN)

27 June: Studio 3 Arts Barking (in partnership with Spoken, Not Stirred)

30 June: Asia House London

1 July: Ledbury Poetry Festival


About The Poetry Translation Centre

The Poetry Translation Centre was founded in 2004 by poet Sarah Maguire to give the best poems from Africa, Asia and Latin America a new life in the English language; to better understand and celebrate the diverse communities who have made their home in the UK; and to enrich the English poetic tradition through translation. Since the founding of the PTC, pairing international poets with UK poets in the spirit of collaboration has been our approach to producing the best translations and unforgettable live events. One of our first projects was the groundbreaking World Poets’ Tour in 2005, an 11-city tour of bilingual readings, featuring poets from Sudan, Afghanistan, Somaliland, Mexico, India and Indonesia alongside acclaimed British poet-translators. The PTC is a charity supported by Arts Council England.



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