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Sea Migrations: British-Somali Women Poets

Part of World on the Brink

Hear from renowned British-Somali women poets on themes of womanhood and nature, as they touch on first-hand experiences of migration and seeking refuge.

Join us for an evening of readings from:

- Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, who has lived in the UK for 20 years, is a poet known for her mastery of the prestigious gabay form, and beloved across the Somali diaspora for her unmistakably contemporary voice. She reads alongside her friend and poet-translator Clare Pollard from their new collection The Sea Migrations, published by the Poetry Translation Centre and Bloodaxe Books.

- London-based poet and writer Farah Gabdon, whose work is illuminated by her identities as a British Muslim, reads from her recently published book Breathing Just a Little.

- Aisha Afrah, also from London, is a poet who weaves themes of nature, womanhood and being a refugee into her work.

- Hanna Ali who is a poet, a writer, a PhD candidate and a Teaching Fellow in SOAS, where she specialises in Afro-Arab Identity. Her poetry unpacks questions of home, displacement and what it means to be lost.

Presented in collaboration with Somali Week Festival and the Poetry Translation Centre.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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