I Chose to Listen

I Chose to Listen is a free download e-book (published in association with Forest Publications) featuring English and Arabic poetry translations from collaboration and performance with poets from Syria, Iraq and Scotland.

Poets include: From Syria: Golan Haji and Rasha Omran, from Lebanon:, Yehya Jaber  and Mazen Maarouf and from Scotland: Tom Pow, Emily BallouWilliam Letford and Ryan Van Winkle. And featuring new Arabic calligraphy illustrations by Everitte Barbee.

We are immensely thankful to Creative Scotland for making this book possible through the Vital Sparks funding, to the British Council for their sponsorship and ongoing support and to the Scottish Poetry Library, Literature Across Frontiers and all Reel Festivals supporters.

As the poet Andrew Philip said: ‘it fairly makes a difference when you know the poetry makes a difference’. We couldn’t agree more and hope you do too.

Golan Haji

Golan Haji