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Radical Whispers - Afghan Women's Poetry

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A collaboration with Poet in the City and Amnesty exploring the power of dissent through Afghan women's poetry.

We are delighted to be collaborating with Poet in the City and Amnesty to create a UK platform for Afghan women’s poetry. 

Bringing together international partners, the project will showcase how poetry is used by women in Afghanistan as a tool to influence change, and harness the power of this message to explore identity and freedom of speech in the UK and globally. 

Visit the offical Radical Whispers project website here.

 Female poets in Afghanistan draw on a long tradition of women’s spoken word poetry in the region using an ancient form ‘Landai,’ a satirical couplet, as a means of female resistance and solidarity. 

'When sisters sit together, they always praise their brothers. When brothers sit together, they sell their sisters to others.'

'My darling you are just like America, you are guilty, I apologise.’ 

Through a global communications campaign and in-depth community engagement work in London, this project will seek to draw and learn from this powerful form of resistance, introducing the use of the ‘Landai’ form as a space for dissent and empowerment, and the work and philosophy of Afghan women poets, to UK audiences. 

Join the journey!

We have been successful in receiving an Arts Council grant to cover research and development for the project, and are currently in the middle of this exciting scoping phase. A primary part of this is the establishment of artistic, delivery, marketing and funding partners.

We would be delighted to hear from potential stakeholders with an interest in getting involved or supporting the project as we embark on what promises to be a fruitful journey. In principal partners already on board, (see below for full list), include The Global Fund for Women, Aga Khan University, Rich Mix and The Southbank Centre. 

Have a look at the project brief here and learn more about the project and how you can get involved on our Radical Whispers website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A collaboration with Poet in the City and Amnesty exploring the power of dissent through Afghan women's poetry.

A collaboration with Poet in the City and Amnesty exploring the power of dissent through Afghan women's poetry.