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Contemporary Ethiopian Poetry: Poetry Aldeburgh

Saturday 6 Nov 2021, 12:00 to 13:00

United Kingdom


Contemporary Ethiopian Poetry - The Poetics of Truth

Readings by Chris Beckett (Host, London), Mihret Kebede (Vienna), Misrak Terefe (Addis Ababa), Kebedech Tekleab (New York), Bedilu Wakjira (Addis Ababa). This event brings together Ethiopian poets reading live from London, Vienna, New York and Addis Ababa. All appeared in the recent Carcanet anthology of Ethiopian poetry in English, Songs We Learn From Trees, packed with all the energy, wit, and heartache of a beautiful country and language. From folk and religious poems, warrior boasts, praises of women and kings and modern plumbing; through a flowering of literary poets in the twentieth century; right up to thirty of the most exciting contemporary Amharic poets working both inside and outside the country. This event considers the pursuit of truth, which is at the heart of Ethiopian poetry today - an African state which was never colonised, but continues to tackle political, ethnic, and moral issues. 

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