A New Divan contains 24 outstanding new poems by leading international poets, twelve from the ‘East’ and twelve from the ‘West’. Together these poems and their English-language versions create a contemporary lyrical dialogue between cultures based on the themes of Goethe’s West/Eastern Di, including ‘The Poet’, ‘Love’, ‘The Tyrant’, ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Paradise’.
We are delighted to welcome Tara Bergin, Paul Farley and Sean O’Brien to read their English versions of poems by Angélica Freitas, Raoul Schrott and Gilles Ortlieb which they created for the New Divan project. Delphine Grass and Emily Spiers, of the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University, among others; will read the poems in the original languages, including work by Homero Aridjis, Mourid Barghouti and Gonca Özmen.
Bill Swainson is a freelance editor and literary consultant who has worked for leading literary publishers, including John Calder, Harvill Press and Bloomsbury. He is currently Publisher and Editor in Residence at Lancaster University.
‘The multilingual delights of A New Divan … are inspired by the inspiration Goethe took from Hafiz, and his passionate vision of common humanity across cultural difference’ — Ruth Padel, Financial Times
‘The poets seem to use the Divan not as a bustling street market of imagery but as a lens to look at our times’ — Brian Morton, PN Review