Loading Events

The 200th anniversary of Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s ‘West-Eastern Divan’ forms the inspiration for ‘A New Divan’ (Gingko, 2019), a multi-lingual collection of poems and translations on Goethe’s original themes from a roster of twenty-four leading poets in eleven languages, with facing English translations.

The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti responded to the challenge of ‘The Tyrant’ with a powerful poem called ‘The Obedience of Water’, while George Szirtes has written an English version that matches the subtle irony of the original. Barghouti and Szirtes will read from their poems and discuss the process of translation, the theme of tyranny, and reflect on Goethe’s time in the shadows of the Napoleonic wars and on the similarities and differences with today’s violent conflicts.

Booking essential – please email us or telephone to book – our details appear at the foot of this page.

Orders for the book may be placed here.


In association with Shubbak Festival 2019 and Gingko.