Upcoming events

The publication of A New Divan will be accompanied by a series of events during 2019:
  • British Library, London, 23 May: ‘The Poet and Suleika: a West-Eastern Dialogue in Poetry and Music’
  • Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, 25 May: ‘A New Divan: A lyrical dialogue between East & West’
  • BRISMES, Leeds, 24 – 27 June: ‘Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan 200 years on’
  • Bradford Literary Festival, 29 June: ‘From Hafiz to Goethe: a West-Eastern Dialogue in Poetry and Music’
  • John Sandoe Books, 2 July: ‘A New Divan: Tyranny in Translation’: with poets Mourid Barghouti and George Szirtes. Starts 6.30pm. Ticket price: £10.00. Booking essential via sales@johnsandoe.com
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, 14 and 15 August: ‘The Divan Sessions’ (West-Eastern Divan readings at 2.15-3.15pm on Wednesday 14 August, and the New Divan readings at 6.00–7.30pm on Thursday 15 August)
  • Goethe Haus, Frankfurt, 22 October: ‘Goethe’s West-östlicher Divan: Hendrik Birus in conversation with Anne Bohnenkamp-Renken’
  • Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin, 18-20 November: ‘DIVAN200’

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.