|Gerdur Kristny, me and Bejan Matur at Manchester|
Highlights of week one include:
- The Icelandic Ambassador's delight at Gerdur Kristny's impending visit to Hull... The long shadow of the cod wars still evident.
- The audience at the Turkish Cultural Centre bulging to welcome Bejan Matur to the UK
- Bejan's reflection that staying at Waterloo Travelodge was like being on the set of Barton Fink.
- Amarjit Chandan's rendering of 'To Father' at Lancaster: sharp and moving. The epitomy of how one persona's experience can touch so many.
- Discussing Buddhism, Islam and Christianity with Razmik Davoyan and Amarjit - the irony of religion being there to unite people.
- Maike Oergel at the workshop in Nottingham giving a brilliant presentation on poetry, translation and drew out the most extraordinary range of experiences of translating.
- The Hebden Bridge salon that was 'absolutely magical'
- But perhaps the biggest thrill so far was hearing that Thitsar Ni, the 66 year old Burmese poet who got a passport especially for this tour, whose visa only just came through last Wedesday, arrived at Heathrow last night and is ready to roll.
|Razmik Davoyan, Armine Tamrazian and Amarjit Chandan|