The IMLR are collaborating with SOAS’s World Languages Institute on a public event to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Tuesday 26th September 2017. Staff at the IMLR will contribute to the day with a creative writing and translation workshop, as well as a screening and discussion with the makers of a documentary about Birmingham’s Somali-Dutch community.
Africa is You. The Somali-Dutch Community in Birmingham, U.K.
Room S320, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House, North Block) | 17:00-18:30
A documentary by Linde Luijnenburg, Ahmed Magare, Dennis Mulder and Anna van Winden © BrollB Productions 2016
What does it mean to be born in Somalia, to be in the possession of a Dutch passport, and to live and work in England? What do you bring along, and what do you leave behind during your travels? The poetry of Somali-Dutch artist Ahmed Magare brings us to the Somali-Dutch community in Birmingham, UK. In the shape of a short story cycle, we hear various voices sharing their stories of migrating in and through Somalia, the Netherlands, England, and possibly back to Somalia.
The screening will be followed by a poetry performance and a Q & A session with Linde Luijnenburg, Ahmed Magare and Mohammed Artan. Panellist abstracts and further details
Can you turn the contents of your pockets into poetry? In this workshop we invite you to make ‘thing poems’ out of objects in your pockets; and then have a go at translating them into another language. Create a foreign language original and translate it into English – or the other way round: our multi-lingual team will be on hand to help!
You can find out more about the SOAS European Day of Languages by visiting their website.
Events will be held in the Paul Webley Wing of Senate House.