Suhrab Sirat – James Ragan – Amir Darwish – Caroline Maldonado
Singer, Michal Ish Horowicz
Suhrab Sirat With three books published in Afghanistan, Suhrab is a poet, writer and journalist. Born in Afghanistan, he moved to the UK in 2014. He wrote the first lyrics for the first Afghan female rapper criticising patriarchy and taboos and represented Afghanistan at the Rio International Literary Festival in 2013. He has extensive experience working with prominent media networks such as the BBC in Afghanistan.
James Ragan a Czech-American, is an internationally recognised poet, playwright, and essayist. Translated into 12 languages, he has authored 8 books of poetry. He is the subject of the documentary “Flowers and Roots” (Arinafilms, 2013). Ragan’s plays have been staged in the U.S, Russia, Greece, and China. For 25 years he directed the Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.
Amir Darwish is a British Syrian poet and writer of Kurdish origin who came to Britain as an asylum seeker in 2003. His two poetry collections are Don’t Forget the Couscous and Dear Refugee (Smokestack). From Aleppo without Love is an autobiographical novel. His work has been published in the UK and internationally. He is currently on an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Caroline Maldonado is a poet and translator who lived for several years in Colombia and currently lives in London and Italy. Her poems have appeared in a variety of magazines and in anthologies such as Poems for John Berger (Smokestack Books 2016) and Poems for Grenfell Tower (Onslaught Press 2018).
Host: Aviva Dautch, poet
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