Mother Tongues

Part of WOW – Women of the World

Watch films where poetry is translated between mother and daughter in Mother Tongues, an innovative poetry, translation and film project that captures acclaimed poets alongside the women and languages that have nurtured them most.

After asking their mothers to translate their work into their mother's first language, mothers and daughters are filmed in conversation before each reciting a version of the poem. Join two of the poets and their mothers for screening of the films and an intimate discussion about womanhood, heritage, and culture.

Mother Tongues is directed by poet, writer and filmmaker Victoria Adukwei Bulley. A Barbican Young Poets alumna, her work has featured in The Poetry Review in addition to appearing on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. Victoria’s debut pamphlet, Girl B, is edited by Kwame Dawes and forms part of the 2017 New-Generation African Poets series.

Mother Tongues was created and directed by Victoria Adukwei Bulley in partnership with Autograph ABP, and supported generously by Arts Council England.

Dates & times

10 Mar 2018
Approximate run time: 60 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
  • 11:30 am


Royal Festival Hall
Blue Bar, Level 4, Royal Festival Hall


Included in Pass
£30, £55, £80

need to know

This event is included in the Saturday WOW Pass, the WOW Two Day Pass and the WOW Three Day Pass.