Time to write

It’s been a hectic couple of months, what with a house move, some stress-inducing travels with a toddler and a surge of literary events in my otherwise homebound life since becoming a mother. This month has seen me attending four events, which might not sound like much but, when you live out in the sticks, each event constitutes of around half a day of travel, meaning shuffling committments and juggling childcare arrangements.

I am certainly not complaining, however, as it’s also been an enriching and exciting month because of them! Earlier on this month, I met with Peirene editor Meike Ziervogel and fabulous German translator, Jamie Bulloch, to record a podcast for Bookblast’s 10X10 tour. Bookblast have been traveling around the country, drawing some fantastic indie publishers and some of their authors and translators out of their hiding places and into the limelight to the wonderful audiences that have turned up to hear them and engage in some lively conversations.

https://bookblast.com/blog/10×10-tour-full-listings/

I feel truly humbled by the literary endeavours of all those involved in these events and wish them all the best (& reams of cash) to keep on doing what they are doing and more.

I also had the inordinate pleasure of finally meeting celebrated Arabic to English translators, colleagues (& hopefully friends from afar now too?) Yasmine Seale and Robin Moger at a lecture they gave at SOAS university in London last week. Amongst other work, they read from their collaborative, experimental translations of of Ibn Arabi’s cycle of odes, The Interpreter of Desires. Their readings were mesmerizing and the ensuing discussion was intense. Now I want more! Let’s hope we see their poems in book form soon. In the meantime, you can read an extract recently-published in Tentacular magazine here:

https://www.tentacularmag.com/extra/yasmine-seale-robin-moger

And last, but by no means least, last night I was thrilled to read my poem, ‘Daybreak’ at the launch of Ambit 234 at the Tate Modern. The poem was a runner up in Ambit’s 2018 poetry competition, judged by the wonderful Malika Booker, who floored us with her own reading to kick off the programme.

There were readings from two other runners up and the three winners, as well as A.K. Blakemore; Arianna Reiche; Fred D’Aguiar; Tom Laichas and Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi. They also showcased the first UK screening of Ariane Loze’s film ‘Archipelago of me’. An immersive night of literature of the visual arts and a very special night for me personally.

Now I’m going to take a little hiatus from social events to hibernate, curl up in cosy cardigans and wrap myself in throws and hopefully, hopefully, write.

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