Bill SwainsonPast 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.


Upcoming events

Gingko is excited to announce a series of events starting in late May 2019 that will explore poetry as an international language:

Hay Festival, Wales (May-June 2019)
Shubbak Festival, London (Summer 2019)
Leeds Libraries (June 2019)
Bradford Literature Festival (June-July 2019)
Edinburgh Festival (August 2019)
Divan 200, Berlin (November 2019)
World Book Capital, Sharjah (tbc, late 2019)

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