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Nottingham Poetry Festival: An Evening of Contemporary Iranian Poetry

29th April 2019

18:30 - 20:00

Waterstones, Nottingham

This special evening of readings is dedicated to contemporary Iranian poetry in celebration of Nottingham Poetry Festival and the launch of The Book of Tehran – a new collection of short stories from ten contemporary writers from Iran.

Join us at Waterstones Nottingham Sillitoe Room to enjoy exciting new Iranian poetry in collaboration with Visiting Arts, Comma Press, Nottingham based Iranian community organisation YANA and World Jam!

Persian literature and poetry has a long history and continues to influence and inspire Western poets and writers today. While Khayyam was a central figure of the Victorian era, since the beginning of the 21st century Rumi has been seen as the most popular poet worldwide and Hafez has been one of the most frequently translated. The 1979 Iranian revolution, led many Iranians to immigrate to other countries. This resettlement has given birth to a new chapter in the history of Persian literature, one created in diaspora. This new wave carrying on the tradition of Persian poetry, have created significant and surprising work outside of Iran with a prolific diversity of voices. For this evening, be taken on a journey with readings from poets including Alireza Abiz, Orkideh Behrouzan and Mina Fatemi.

The Book of Tehran published by Comma Press is part of a wider programme from Visiting Arts bringing greater awareness to Iranian literature and culture in the UK and encouraging the advancement of Persian to English translation. Comma Press’ Reading the City series is a collection of anthologies featuring and translating the globes best writers of short fiction, and continues to enjoy success since the first book, The Book of Leeds, was published in 2006. Since 1977, Visiting Arts has worked on projects promoting international artistic exchange to foster greater understanding and collaboration between cultures.



Nottingham Poetry Festival takes place from 26 April – 5 May 2019, shining a spotlight on the city’s thriving literary scene for the fourth time with an eclectic line-up of acclaimed national and local poets and performers. Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding, founder of Mud Press, is announced as the festival’s new Creative Director and will lead the event through ten days of word jams, poetry slams, performances, songs and readings from some of the most renowned poets in the country.

World Jam is an inter-cultural and multilingual group of writers, poets and performers with the aim of bringing different nationalities and cultures together.