THURSDAY MARCH 4TH @ 7.30 pm
POETS IN PERFORMANCE
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Women poets of and about Afghanistan
SAWA-Australia, the Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan, is dedicated to raising funds for human rights, education, nutrition, health, safety, and improving the self-esteem of Afghanistan's women and children, including those who live as refugees in Pakistan.
In honour of International Women’s Day and to promote the work of SAWA, poems by famous and unknown Afghan women will be read by Chilla Bulbeck and Sarah Leighton of SAWA.
- Nadia Anjuman, who had been gaining a name for herself as a poet in Afghan literary circles, before she died, aged 25, in 2005 in Herat after being beaten by her husband. A literature undergraduate at Herat University, she published her first volume of poems shortly prior to her death, titled Gule Dudi (Dark Flower).
· Contributors to the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) http://awwproject.wordpress.com/ (). The project was set up by US novelist Masha Hamilton as a way for Afghan women to share their experiences with the rest of the world. 36 women from across Afghanistan publish their work anonymously, their own families often not aware of what they are doing. If found, these women could face serious reprisals. One writer says she has ‘received a death threat from Taliban’.
· Granaz Moussavi’s work, including ‘Afghan Woman’ will also be in the program. Granaz Moussavi has been invited to read her poetry in France, the USA, London and Goteborg. Her collections include پا برهنه تا صبح (Barefoot Till Morning) and وازهای زن بیاجازه (Songs Of Forbidden Woman). She recently directed the movie "My Tehran for Sale" (which SAWA hopes to bring to Perth for a showing mid-year).
· Ros and Steve Barnes write and perform songs about people and places in our everyday lives. Steve is an award-winning songwriter and Ros interprets his songs with clarity and strength. It's not complicated or tricksy- just one voice, one fine guitar, good words and the whole thing comes together Ros and Steve Barnes write and perform songs about people and places in our everyday lives. Steve is an award-winning songwriter and Ros interprets his songs with clarity and strength. It's not complicated or tricksy- just one voice, one fine guitar, good words and the whole thing comes together.