A Bird Is Not A Stone has launched! It’s a new anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry with translations into the languages of Scotland, and I’m very proud to be part of it, alongside an extraordinary line-up of Scottish poets. You can buy it now from Freight Books; it’s a wonderful and rich volume.
I worked on a Scots translation of Faisal al-Qarqati and two translations of Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh; you can read two interviews about the project in Don’t Do It magazine. The book’s published in facing translation, so for the launch we read in facing performance; working with Abla Oudeh, I was really happy about how you can hear the rhythms, flows and meanings of the poem moving between the two languages. Here’s the performance of the first part of the poem recorded by Robbie Guillory: enjoy!