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Thursday 14th April 2022

Translation as Activism

A night of Turkish and Kurdish Poetry in English
price: Headfirst Tickets


“Rare (free) chance to hear modern Turkish and Kurdish poems read in translation from incarcerated political prisoners to sufi poets to contemporary queer voices.”
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Come and hear poetry from Turkish and Kurdish poets, performed in English translation. Wide range of voices from 1960s 'Second New' movement, Sufi Bektaşi poets, gay and lesbian poets post-1980s and from Kurdish poet in prison Ilhan Sami Çomak.

Poet and human rights activist Caroline Stockford will speak for 10 minutes at the beginning about translation as activism and mention the campaign for İlhan Çomak, who has published 9 books of poetry from prison and is now in his 29th year of detention.

The readings by Bristol poets will be followed by a hip hop/psych DJ set by Hidden Element of Junglist Dub Club who will spin and mix some Turkish psychedelic vinyls as well as playing hip hop/jungle and his own productions.

A bar is being run at the venue. We will be vacating the premises at 10pm.

This event is part of the People's Republic of Stokes Croft's School of Activism festival and is a fringe event of Bristol's Lyra Poetry Festival.

Entry: No later than 7.15pm, £4 SUGGESTED DONATION. OR £4 ON THE DOOR.

All profits will be split between a donation to PRSC and a Trans collective in Istanbul.

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