On Thursday, Sept. 24, Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq al-Raddi will launch He Tells Tales of Meroë: Poems for the Petrie Museum:
The dual-language collection — introduced by Professor of Egyptian Archaeology Stephen Quirke, poet-translator Sarah Maguire, and the poet himself — was inspired by the Petrie Museum’s collection of material from Meroë in Sudan.
The poems were crafted while Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi was poet-in-residence at the museum, a situation created through a partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre and funding from Arts Council England.
The collection presents eight new poems in Arabic and English which are accompanied by photographs of the objects that inspired the poems. It’s available in a limited edition of 300 numbered copes.
From 6-8pm Thursday, 24 September at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, Malet Place, WC1E 6B.
Some of Al-Raddi’s poetry: