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Event 841 Poetry From Memory: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur

Saturday 3 March, 10am-12pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Kirun Kapur
Family memories, members and events can provide rich material for poets. Award-winning poet Kirun Kapur will teach you how to use your family’s history as inspiration for your poems, using examples from contemporary poets and from Kirun’s collection Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. You will then have the chance to work on your own poetry, with Kirun’s guidance.

No previous writing experience is required, but in-progress works are welcome at the session.

The tutor: Kirun Kapur is the poetry editor of The Drum audio literary magazine. Her first collection, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist, won the Antivenom Poetry Award. In 2015, NBC News named her on its list of Asian-American Poets to Watch.

Language: English

Age Group: 16+

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Event 50 Poetry Mix: Memories

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Poetry Mix brings together an international cast of poetry stars for an introduction to their work. Expect a wide variety of styles from this talented lineup.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Harry Baker is the youngest ever World Poetry Slam champion; his poems combine maths and science with tongue-twisting wordplay and unexpected emotional power.

Chris Hardy is a prize winning poet who often performs as part of the band LiTTLe MACHiNe; in this session he will read from his new collection Sunshine at the End of the World.

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize in Poetry as well as the Antivenom Prize for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist.

Lemn Sissay is one of Britain’s best known poets, famous for jaw-dropping performances. Gold from the Stone is a collection of new and favourite poems.

Sjón is an Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist whose poems have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize and been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize.

Language: English

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Event 10 When Poet Met Pilot: Literary Friendships

Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Poet Kirun Kapur and pilot Mark Vanhoenacker grew up in opposite corners of America. Since they met in college, they’ve rarely lived in the same place, or even on the same continent. Drawing on a long line of literary pairings (Emerson and Thoreau, Bishop and Lowell, Baldwin and Morrison) Kapur and Vanhoenacker will explore how writing – arguably a solitary undertaking – can be elevated by creative friendships, and why geography (almost) never matters now.

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. She has taught at Amherst College and Boston University and serves as Poetry Editor at The Drum Literary Magazine.

Mark Vanhoenacker is a Senior First Officer for British Airways and a regular contributor to the New York Times. His first book, Skyfaring, was an international bestseller.

This panel is moderated by Najwa Yassir.

Language: English

When Poet Met Pilot: Literary Friendships

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