Deptford Literature Festival:
Somewhere We Can Take Refuge
– a Poetry Reading

Poetry Translation Centre presents dual language readings by two award winning poets: leading Kurdish author Bejan Matur and Jen Hadfield from the UK

Bringing the world to Deptford through poetry: Poetry Translation Centre presents dual language readings by award winning poets at Villages Brewery, Deptford. Celebrating the publication of Akin to Stone by leading Kurdish poet Bejan Matur with readings in Turkish and English.

Kurdish author Bejan Matur is the most illustrious poet among a bold new women’s poetry emerging from the Middle East. Her work engages directly and concretely with the struggles of her people, and yet there is also a mysticism in her writing, a closeness to nature, an embracing of mythology – a dialogue with God. Bejan will read in the original Turkish.

Jen Hadfield is a TS Eliot award-winning poet with three published collections currently to her name. She lives on Shetland, whose landscape and natural life persistently informs her work. Jen will read her own brilliant poetry, as well as her electrifying translations of Bejan’s poems in English.

Presented by Poetry Translation Centre with Villages Brewery. 

About Deptford Literature Festival

Deptford Literature Festival celebrates the creativity and diversity of South East London through stories, words and performance. Most events are free. This event is open to people aged 16+. It is funded by Arts Council England and run as a collaboration between independent producer Tom MacAndrew and Spread the Word. You can read more about the festival and see the full programme at spreadtheword.org.uk/deptford-literature-festival

Free but ticketed, what we’d like you to know
This event works on a first come, first served basis. Any ticket uncollected 5 mins prior to the start time may be subject to reallocation. If you’ve booked a ticket and know in advance of the event day that you can no longer attend, please let us know so we can offer your ticket to someone else.

Poets

Bejan Matur


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Kurdish author Bejan Matur is the most illustrious poet among a bold new women’s poetry emerging from the Middle East. Her work engages directly and concretely with the struggles of her people, and yet there is also a mysticism in her writing, a closeness to nature, an embracing of mythology – a dialogue with God. Bejan will read in the original Turkish.

Jen Hadfield


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Jen Hadfield is a TS Eliot award-winning poet with three published collections currently to her name. She lives on Shetland, whose landscape and natural life persistently informs her work. Jen will read her own brilliant poetry, as well as her electrifying translations of Bejan’s poems in English. 


Villages Brewery