Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

A reading by André Naffis-Sahely, James Attlee & Hasan Bamyani

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Waterstones Cafe, Waterstones Oxford, Broad Street, OX1 3AF

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Join Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre for powerful, thought-provoking poetry from André Naffis-Sahely, James Attlee & Hasan Bamyani.

André Naffis-Sahely is the author of the collection The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) and the pamphlet The Other Side of Nowhere (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He is also the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2019). He is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Harper's, Poetry, New Statesman, Playboy, The Believer, The Economist, Financial Times and World Literature Today. His translations include over twenty titles of fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

James Attlee is a writer, musician and author whose books include Nocturne: A Journey in Search of MoonlightStation to Station and Guernica: Painting the End of the World. In 2017, Attlee won the New Media Writing Prize for The Cartographer’s Confession; a piece of digital fiction set in London, based around a smartphone app that situates audio and text across specific places in the city. 

Hasan Bamyani is a poet from Kabul. He worked as a teacher there until 2002, when he came to Oxford as a refugee. He is the author of the collection Lyla and Manjun and his poetry is featured in the anthology The Story of my Life.

James and Hasan have been working together to translate Hasan's poetry. Although James does not speak or read Dari, he and Hasan enjoy a close collaborative process, working through poems line by line over multiple drafts to find a satisfactory translation. The English versions do not attempt to replicate the formal structure and rhyme scheme of the originals, instead concentrating on capturing Hasan’s voice.