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Carrying Poems Between Languages with Sarah Howe and Karin Karakaşlı

Canan Maraşlıgil {Left}, Karin Karakaşlı © Berge Arabian {Centre}, Sarah Howe {Right}

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‘No one is the first to set foot on any soil’

Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry and translation. Armenian-Turkish poet Karin Karakaşlı, who is in the UK for a short tour, will read alongside acclaimed British poet Sarah Howe. They will be joined by their bridge translator Canan Maraşlıgil to discuss the process of carrying poems between languages, which offers at once a complex technical challenge and a space for genuine connection and dialogue.

In her new bilingual chapbook, History-Geography, Karin Karakaşlı explores her anguish for Turkey’s silent histories, from the 1915 Armenian genocide to the denial of Kurdish identity today, and her love for its geographies, especially the city of Istanbul where she lives. Howe’s exploration of her own histories and geographies led her to write her T.S. Eliot Prize-winning debut collection Loop of Jade in 2015. Her fresh new versions of Karakaşlı’s poems offer Anglophone readers a rare chance to experience this vital poetic voice in English.

Readings will be in Turkish and English. This event is presented in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre, with support from Arts Council England and the Prince Claus Foundation.

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The event will be followed by a book signing and drinks reception.

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General Admission: £10, Concessions: £8, Asia House Arts Members: £5

Asia House Arts Members need to enter their unique membership number when booking online. This can be found on the back of your membership card. Please call 0207 307 5454 if you experience any issues booking tickets.

About the Authors

Karin Karakaşlı was born in Istanbul in 1972. She graduated in Translation and Interpreting Studies. From 1996 to 2006 she worked at the Turkish-Armenian weekly newspaper Agos as editor, head of the editorial department and columnist. She has an MA in Comparative Literature, works as a translation instructor at the university and as a teacher of Armenian language and literature in an Armenian High School. Her work was included in the 2010 story collection, The Book of Istanbul (Comma Press, UK). In 2014 some of her poems were published in a major anthology of world poems, My Voice, published by the Poetry Translation Centre (UK).

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Her previous fellowships include a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, a Hawthornden Fellowship, the Harper-Wood Studentship and a Fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute. She is currently a Leverhulme Fellow in English at University College London.

Canan Maraşlıgil is a freelance writer, literary translator, editor and curator based in Amsterdam. She specialises in contemporary Turkish literature as well as in comics. Her interest is in challenging official narratives and advocating freedom of expression through a wide range of creative projects and activities. Canan has worked with cultural organisations across wider Europe and has participated in a range of residencies at the Free Word Centre in London (2013), at WAAW in Senegal (2015), at Copenhagen University (2015) and at La Contre Allée in Lille (2017). She is the creator of “City in Translation”, a project exploring languages and translation in urban spaces. Find out more at www.cananmarasligil.net and www.cityintranslation.com

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Date:
June 30, 2017
Time:
18:45 - 21:00
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Asia House
63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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