Agenda, English, Poetry, RMW Festival 2013

VersSpreken Live on ‘We’ by Ghayath Almadhoun

VersSpreken is a podcast about poetry. Four readers join in a conversation about one single poem, to discover and discuss its possible interpretations.

In this edition we will discuss a poem by one of Asmaa’s selected authors: the Palestinian/Syrian poet Ghayath Almadhoun. Ghayath Almadhoun was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. He emigrated in 2008 and has since lived in Sweden, where he was granted a permanent residence permit in March 2011. After two prizewinning collections of verse, his poems appeared in a Swedish translation for the first time in 2010 under the title Asylansökan (Ersatz Förlag). In his texts, he describes the situation of refugees, casting his eye on the countries to which exiles flee. In one poem, ‘Vi’ (‘We’), which has been made into a film by the Swedish director Marie Silkeberg, he reflects on the role of Western media, in which the victims of violence in the Middle East are depicted as “just things on TV” and are not perceived as people.

The VersSpreken-panel:

Asmaa ‘Azaizeh is a journalist, radio maker and poet. This year she is a guest curator of the first Read My World Festival in Amsterdam. Her poetry has been translated into English, German, Persian, and Hebrew.

Ton van ‘t Hof is a poet, translator, publisher, and works for the military. He follows an entirely singular path in the Dutch and international poetry. With the chapbook Ingangspunt, which appeared at his own publishing house Stanza, he published his eighth collection of poetry. He performed at Poetry International.

Matthijs Ponte (1982) is a poet, philosopher and co-director of the international literature festival Read my World. He wrote pieces for Awater, the Reactor, Joop, Vooys and DWB and made programs for Perdu and Schijnheilig. Together with Joost Baars he is a producer and presenter of VersSpreken.

Joost Baars (1975) is a poet, essayist, filmmaker and bookseller. His poetry has appeared in various magazines and more recently in the chapbook Iemand anders which appeared in 2012 as the first part of Baars’ crowdfunded series of chapbooks Halverwege Chapbooks. He writes poetry for Poëziekrant and is the co-founder and host of VersSpreken together with Matthijs Ponte.

Live recording:

Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86

March 6, 20:00 – 22:00

Entrance: 5/ 10 euro

[English spoken]