Farsi Poetry Translation with Elhum Shakerifar

Saturday 23 March
National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
10.00 - 12.30
£ 16.00 - (£12.00 conc)

At this unique Farsi poetry translation workshop, you will work towards turning a rough guide translation into an English poem.

Translation offers a new perspective on language and culture. At this unique Farsi poetry translation workshop, the group will start with a rough guide translation provided by Elhum Shakerifar, and work towards a translation that works as a poem in English, guided by experienced poet-facilitator Helen Bowell. The process invites endless insightful questions and encourages problem-solving and playfulness as everyone works together to understand and reassemble the poem in its new, translated form.

There is no need to know the language being translated. If you’re interested in poetry and language, simply come along and share your passion for words, writing and understanding! The group’s translation will be published on the Poetry Translation Centre website, joining an international archive of hundreds of poems.

Presented in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre and supported by Arts Council England.


Elhum Shakerifar is a poet, essayist and translator, most recently PEN Award-winning, Warwick Prize-nominated Negative of a Group Photograph by Azita Ghahreman, translated alongside poet Maura Dooley (Bloodaxe Books, 2018). In 2022, she was one of Writerz & Scribez’ inaugural poetry Griots and she was a Visible Communities resident at the National Centre for Writing in 2023. Elhum is also a BAFTA-nominated producer and curator working through her London-based company Hakawati (‘storyteller’ in Arabic).

A weekend of Poetry in Translation

21–23 March 2024

We are delighted to welcome the Poetry Translation Centre to Dragon Hall as part of its UK-wide tour to celebrate its 20th birthday. Join us for a weekend of poetry workshops, panel discussions and an open mic night focussing on the theme of exile and arrival.

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