Translating Muhammed Mahmood al-Zubayri

Saturday 13 July, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

VideOdyssey at Toxteth TV
£3.79 – £6.98


Experience the poems of Muhammed Mahmood al-Zubayri. A champion of political reform and reconciliation, al-Zubayri is considered to be one of the foundational figures of the modern Yemeni state. A politician and pamphleteer before his assassination in 1965 during Yemen’s civil war, he considered himself firstly and foremost a poet.

Seeking to explore al-Zubayri’s poetic craft and legacy, the event will offer a context to the resurrection of the esteemed poet as “the national conscience” of Yemen during the demonstrations in 2011.

During the panel-led event, Professor Sam Liebhaber, Associate Professor of Arabic at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, will read a selection of al-Zubayri’s works, taken from the two poetry collections that he is currently translating, A Prayer in Hell and Revolution of Poetry.

Janet C.E. Watson, Leadership Chair for [email protected] at the University of Leeds and Fellow of the British Academy, will also lead an interview with Professor Liebhaber and Fatima Al-Zawya, an expert in the promotion and preservation of the Yemeni oral heritage.

Delivered in association with the University of Leeds.

Authentic Yemeni refreshments will be served.

Image courtesy of artist, Basma Rawi

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