This merry, merry, month of May
In celebration of all things foreign in Britain
with Leonardo Boix – Amarjit Chandan
– Abol Froushan – Laila Sumpton
Leonardo Boix is a poet, translator and journalist born in Argentina. Boix has published two poetry collections in Spanish and has been included in many anthologies, such as ‘Ten: Poets of the New Generation’ (Bloodaxe), Why Poetry? (Verve Poetry Press), and the forthcoming Contemporary British Poetry (Platypus Press) and Un Nuevo Sol: British LatinX Writers (Flipped Eye). His poems in English have appeared in POETRY, PN Review, The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation. Boix has been the recipient of the Anglo-Chilean Poetry Society Competition (2016), Brittle Star Poetry Competition and the Exiled Writers Ink Poetry Competition (both in 2018). He is a fellow of The Complete Works Program and co-director of ‘Invisible Presence’, an Arts Council funded national scheme to nurture young Latino-British poets.
Amarjit Chandan from Punjab, has published eight collections of poetry and five books of essays in Punjabi and his poems have appeared in anthologies and magazines world-wide. He has edited and translated into Punjabi about thirty anthologies of Indian and world poetry and fiction by, among others, Brecht, Neruda, Ritsos, Hikmet, Cardenal, Martin Carter and John Berger. His poems have been variously anthologised and broadcast – notably in All That Mighty Heart: London Poems, Edited by Lisa Rus Spaar, University of Virginia Press, 2008.
Abol Froushan is a poet, translator and critic. He was born in Tehran but left Iran in the Shah’s time to study at Imperial College where he gained his PhD. He then embarked on a career in technology alongside poetry. His poetry collections include ‘A Language Against Language’ and ‘I need your desert for my sneeze’. His translations include Ali Abdolrezaei’s “In Riskdom where I lived”. As the Iran Editor at Poetry International he introduces the works of contemporary Persian poets world wide. He was the Chair of Exiled Writers Ink from 2011-13 and 2016-17.
Laila Sumpton of dual English/Indian heritage performs and delivers poetry projects in galleries, museums, schools, hospitals and parks. Laila is a member of Keats House Poets, co-founder of refugee and migrant poetry collective Bards Without Borders and is a writing programme leader at The Ministry of Stories. She is working with the Ishami Foundation speakers on creating poems for the anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.
Host: Edin Suljic