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  • MPT podcast - Scorched Glass: Iranian Poetry at Poetry International 2015

    3rd August 2015

    Our latest podcast includes a rich selection of Iranian poetry from MPT 'Scorched Glass'. Readers include Hubert Moore, Nasrin Parvaz, Stephen Watts, Ziba Karbassi, Paul Batchelor, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Pascale Petit.

    The recording was made at Poetry International 2015 at a special event celebrating Iranian poetry, organised in partnership with the British Council and Southbank Centre. MPT was founded by Ted Hughes and Danny Weissbort in 1965 , and Ted Hughes went on to found Poetry International i...

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  • The challenges of working on versions of Ma Ei’s poems

    The challenges of working on versions of Ma Ei’s poems

    8th July 2015

    Stephanie Norgate is a playwright and poet. She lives in Sussex with her husband and two children, and runs the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Her most recent collection is The Blue Den (Bloodaxe, 2012)

    The layout of the poems in Burmese show that Ma Ei works in very short lines, but more than that I could not tell. The literals supplied by Pandora were already moving and economical. There was also the issue of Burmese cultural references which might be opaque to Anglophone read...

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  • Events in July

    Events in July


    MPT is very pleased to present three poetry translation events this July. Join us to celebrate the launch of our children's poetry issue with Michael Rosen and Marina Boroditskaya at the Free Word Centre on Thursday 9th July, or at Ledbury Poetry Festival with Marina Boroditskaya and Sasha Dugdale on Sunday 12th July.

    On Saturday 25th July, we'll be at Poetry International at Southbank Centre, London, presenting a packed day of Iranian poetry. Guests and readers include several of the poets and translato...

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  • Saturday 13th June: MPT presents Iranian Poetry at Oxford Translation Day

    Saturday 13th June: MPT presents Iranian Poetry at Oxford Translation Day

    7th June 2015

    Join Modern Poetry in Translation at Oxford Translation Day on Saturday 13th June 2015 for a discussion and reading by Iranian poet Ziba Karbassi and her translator, poet Stephen Watts.

    When: Saturday 13th June 2015, 3.30pm-5.30pm
    Where: Oxford, UK - The Queen’s College, The Shulman Auditorium
    Booking information: Entrance is free but you must reserve a place via Eventbrite.

    Ziba Karbassi

    Ziba Karbassi fled Iran in her teens and has made a home in London. She gained attention with her astonishing poem...

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  • Dangerous Poems: Nasrin Parvaz on Forugh Farrokhzad

    Dangerous Poems: Nasrin Parvaz on Forugh Farrokhzad

    27th May 2015

    Read Forugh Farrokhzad's poem 'In Darkness' here, and browse the Iranian focus of MPT 'Scorched Glass'.

    Forugh Farrokhzad, poet and film director, was born in 1935 in Tehran, Iran. She died in 1967. Her books, along with those by some other poets and writers, are banned from book exhibitions in Tehran.

    What would have happened to her if she had been alive during the Islamic regime? Would she have been assassinated along with Mokhtari, Pooyandeh and so many others during the purges in Iran when Kha...

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