City To City Poetry

Last week I was involved in a brand new project with Highlight Arts and the British Council, as part of the Alchemy Festival in Glasgow and London. Three poets from Lahore (Kishwar Naheed, Afshan Sajjad and Khalid Javaid Jan) and four from Glasgow (Jim Carruth, Vicki Husband, Kathrine Sowerby and Gerry Cambridge) workshopped and created new translations (or 'transcreations') of each other's work. Meanwhile, Sara Kazmi and I were in the next room bringing together a musical collaboration using songs, text and tunes from our respective folk and lyrical traditions. We performed at the Mitchell Library and Southbank Centre, and had a wonderful time. I loved singing with Sara! Plans are afoot for a project reunion. Thanks to everyone involved for a great week, and fingers crossed it's not too long until the next time.