The Written World

SPL LOGOIn recognition of London 2012, the Scottish Poetry Library has been working with BBC radio to broadcast a poem every day until September 10th, when the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games officially draw to a close. There are 204 poems in the project - one to represent every single country competing in the Games. The poems are read in English and the texts of the poems appear online on an interactive map on the SPL website. Each poem is read by a member of the public with family ties to the country in question.

Poems from the Arab world broadcast so far include:

All of Them
by Qasim Haddad, Bahrain.

My Apologies by Buland al-Haidari, Iraq.

Dog's Tail by Amjad Nasser, Jordan.

My Dreams often Humble Themselves by Saadiah Mufarreh, Kuwait.

"Our cries, she used to say..." by V?s Khoury-Ghata, Lebanon.

Music by Saif al-Rahbi, Oman.

At the Water's Edge by Habib Tengour, Algeria.

Socks by Fatima Naoot, Egypt.

Arabian Nights by Nimah Ismail Nawwab, Saudi Arabia.

Watan by Mansur Rajih, Yemen.

Kullu Shay'in by Khalid Albudoor, United Arab Emirates.

Modernity in the Desert by Soad Al Kuwari, Qatar.

The Desert by al-Munsif al-Wahaybi, Tunisia.

The poems are broadcast on Radio Scotland daily, and scattered across other networks such as Radio 2,3 4 and 4Extra. They can also be found on the BBC website.


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