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Join the Poetry Translation Center touring the UK with leading Somali poet Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf and award-winning English poet Clare Pollard this October.

The Sea-Migrations Tour celebrates a decade of friendship and collaboration between Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf and Clare Pollard, and marks the publication of a new collection published by the PTC in partnership with Bloodaxe Books. Asha Lul and Clare are both powerful and inventive poets, whose poems tackle politics, womanhood and patriarchal structures each in their own way. Their joint readings are always explosive, a dazzling showcase of powerful female-voice writing. We look forward to seeing you in Manchester, London, Sheffield or Birmingham!

The Sea-Migrations is the first full-length collection by Asha Lul. Winner of an English PEN Award, it presents a selection of Asha Lul’s poems from the past decade alongside beautiful translations by award-winning English poet Clare Pollard together with Somali scholars Said Jama Hussein and Maxamed Xasan Alto.

Manchester: The Sea-Migrations Launch at Central Library
Central Library, Manchester
Saturday, Oct 7th 2017 at 3:30pm
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Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf reads alongside leading poet Clare Pollard, who shares her brand-new English translations of Asha’s poems. This bilingual reading celebrates the long-standing friendship and collaboration between these two poets and marks the publication of The Sea-Migrations, a bilingual collection of poems translated by Clare together with Maxamed Xasan ‘Alto’ and Said Jama Hussein.

London: British-Somali Women Poets at Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre, London
Tuesday, Oct 24th 2017 at 7:30pm
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Join us for an evening of readings from:
– Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, who has lived in the UK for 20 years, is a poet known for her mastery of the prestigious gabay form, and beloved across the Somali diaspora for her unmistakably contemporary voice.
– London-based poet and writer Farah Gabdon, whose work is illuminated by her identities as a British Muslim, reads from her recently published book Breathing Just a Little.
– Aisha Afrah, also from London, is a poet who weaves themes of nature, womanhood and being a refugee into her work.
– Amaal Said, winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for Poetry in 2015, is a Danish-born Somali photographer and poet currently based in London. She is a member of the Burn After Reading poetry collective and a former Barbican Young Poet.

Sheffield: Poetry Writing & Translating Workshop
ISRAAC Somali Community Centre, Sheffield
Thursday, Oct 26th 2017 at 2:00pm
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As part of the PTC’s Sea-Migrations Tour, Asha Lul and Clare will be in Sheffield, holding an informal workshop that explores the art of writing and translating poetry. No prior experience needed, just bring yourselves and your creative ideas! This event is open to English and Somali speakers.

Sheffield: Reading from The Sea-Migrations
Burngreave Library, Sheffield
Thursday, Oct 26th 2017 at 7:00pm
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Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf reads alongside the leading English poet Clare Pollard, who shares her English translations of Asha Lul’s poems. This bilingual reading celebrates a long-standing friendship and collaboration and marks the publication of new collection The Sea-Migrations, published by the PTC in partnership with Bloodaxe Books.