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

A New Divan: A Lyrical Dialogue between East and West at the Hay Festival

24/05/2019 Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival

This event featured Nujoom Alghanem and Paul Farley reading from A New Divan and discussing poetry in translation. The event was chaired by Bill Swainson, A New Divan’s editor. Click here to watch a video of Nujoom reading her poem, courtesy of the Hay Festival. Click here to hear the full event… Read More

The Poet and Suleika: A West-Eastern Dialogue in Poetry and Music

23/05/2019 British Library, London

‘The Poet and Suleika’ was the first of a series of events over the summer of 2019 celebrating the publication of Gingko’s A New Divan, and featured three prominent participants this ambitious project: Don Paterson, one of Scotland’s greatest contemporary poets, writers and musicians; the Emirati poet and filmmaker Nujoom Alghanem,… Read More

Towards a New Divan: A Celebration of East and West through Music and Poetry

20/06/2018 Wilton's Music Hall, London

Wednesday 20 June saw a special occasion at the historic Wilton’s Music Hall in London, featuring the premiere of a new musical composition by London-based ensemble Tafahum marking the launch of Gingko’s momentous New Divan project. The concert featured a new musical composition inspired by the Syrian poet Adonis’s new… Read More