• British Library, 23 May

  • Hay Festival, 24 May

  • BRISMES, June 2019

  • Bradford Literary Festival, 29 June

  • Shubbak Festival (at John Sandoe Books), 2 July

  • Edinburgh Festival, 14-15 August

Upcoming events

The publication of A New Divan will be accompanied by a series of events during 2019:

Past events

The New Divan project was originally launched at the British Institute of Persian Studies on 15 September 2015. Click here to watch a video of this event, including words of introduction by Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi.

On 20 June 2018 the English-language poet contributors to A New Divan were formally announced at a special evening of music and poetry at the historic Wilton’s Music Hall. The London-based Tafahum ensemble performed for the first time to an audience Letter to Goethe, a piece inspired by a poem of the same name by Syria’s Adonis for A New Divan. A New Divan’s editor, Bill Swainson, announced the names of the English-language poets contributing to the anthology. Click here to read the press release about this event.