We enjoyed a reading and conversation with the poet Parwana Fayyaz, who won Best Single Poem at the Forward Prizes 2019 for her poem ‘Forty Names’, which draws inspiration both narrative and lyrical from medieval Persian traditions. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Fayyaz is currently finishing her PhD on the medieval Persian poet Jami at Trinity College, Cambridge. She read her translations of two very different poets from Herat, Jami and Nadia Anjuman (1980–2005), alongside her own poems. This session was introduced by Modern Poetry in Translation editor Clare Pollard.
This event was proudly co-hosted with Modern Poetry in Translation and the Queen’s Translation Exchange.