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So At One With You (Poetry Translation Centre, Kayd Somali Arts & Culture and Redsea Online)


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Featured poets: Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame ‘Hadraawi’, Axmed Shiikh Jaamac, Xasan Daahir Ismaaciil ‘Weedhsame’, Jaamac Kadiye Cilmi, Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, Maxamed Muxumed Cabdi “Haykal”, Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac ‘Gaarriye’, Saado Cabdi Amarre, Cabdulqaadir Cabdi “Shube”, Maxamuud Maxamed Yaasiin “Dheeg”, Faysal Cumar Mushteeg

Featured translators: W N Herbert, Said Jama Hussein, Daljit Nagra, Martin Orwin, Clare Pollard, Sarah Maguire, Will Harris, Anna Selby, Maxamed Xasan ‘Alto’, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf

So At One With You is a groundbreaking dual-language anthology celebrating ten years of Somali Week Festival and the collaboration between the Poetry Translation Centre and Kayd Somali Arts and Culture. 

The anthology has been expertly edited by the esteemed UK poet W.N. Herbert and the Somali translator and scholar Said Jama Hussein, who have provided a unique overview of modern poetry in Somali. The selection brings together eighteen key poets of the post-colonial era, featuring legendary figures such as Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame "Hadraawi” and Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac "Gaarriye" alongside some of the most vital poets from the younger generations including Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf and Maxamed Muxumed Cabdi "Haykal". 

The anthology begins with an illuminating introduction by the editors tracing some of the main influences and relationship that have made the current selection possible and ends with two newly commissioned essays by Xasan Daahir Ismaaciil "Weedhsame" and Dr Martin Orwin. The book is co-published by the PTC, Kayd and Redsea Online.