What: Am I Just A Sound? An Evening of Contemporary Human Rights Poetry
Where: University of York. Courtyard Bar, Derwent College (formerly Langwith) Heslington West.
When: 10th December 2012, 8pm till 11pm.
Free Entry//Everyone welcome//Cheap drinks//Thought-provoking poetry
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A huge number of voices come out of a country through literature, and many contain evocative responses to violations of human rights and moving stories of struggle. Poetry has a social function in protest, noticibly today in the Arab Spring (see, for example, Al Jazeera’s series ‘Poets of Protest’ on work in the Middle East), as well as on a local scale in Britain. Yet writing in translation occupies only a tiny percentage of literature published in Britain.
‘Am I Just A Sound’ is an evening of contemporary human rights poetry presented by YorkPEN to celebrate work in translation, and to bring together charity and literature societies at the The University of York. As well as reading works from their campaigns, Angye Gaona (Colombia) and Tal Al-Mallouhi (Syria), readings will be taken from English PEN’s new publication, ‘Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot’, and will welcome York residents who are currently under the Protective Fellowship of the Human Rights Education Department.
There will also be opportunities to hear more about PEN and its work, to write to prisoners and their families in support, and to network and exchange ideas with the various societies of The University of York that contribute to its rich commitment to international politics and foreign literature.