The Divan Sessions: The West-Eastern Divan

14/08/2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival

Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan, the poet’s personal attempt to broaden European horizons by exploring the concept of the Other and creating a poetic dialogue between East and West, marks its 200th anniversary this year. For this event, Persian academic Narguess Farzad, poet Robin Robertson and Goethe expert Jan Wagner were joined by… Read More

Tyranny in Translation: Mourid Barghouti and George Szirtes in Conversation

02/07/2019 John Sandoe Books, London

As his contribution to A New Divan, the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti responded to the challenge of ‘The Tyrant’ with a powerful poem called ‘The Obedience of Water’, while George Szirtes produced an English version that matches the subtle irony of the original. At this evening of poetry and discusson, Barghouti… Read More

From Hafiz and Goethe to the Poets of A New Divan: A West-Eastern Dialogue in Poetry and Music

29/06/2019 Bradford Cathedral

At this Bradford Literature Festival event in the beautiful Bradford Cathedral, Professor Eric Ormsby introduced the Divans of Hafiz and Goethe, and then a number of the contemporary poets contributing to Gingko’s A New Divan, including Fatemeh Shams and Mourid Barghouti, read their original compositions. The English-language versions of these new poems were… Read More

Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan 200 years on

26/06/2019 BRISMES, Leeds University

The panel explored a remarkable 19th century work of inter-disciplinarity on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of its publication: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s West-Eastern Diva. The Divan was Goethe’s lyrical dialogue with the Persian poet Hafiz in particular and the Islamic World in general. It was Goethe’s very personal attempt to… Read More