TRANSCREATION WORKSHOP AND MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION
Facilitated by WINGS ORGANISATION FOR CROSS-CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT INC
SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 1pm to 3pm TRANSCREATION WORKSHOP 3pm to 5pm MULTI-CULTURAL CELEBRATION Held at STATE LIBRARY OF WA, PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE
Shenton Park poets Afeif Ismail and Vivienne Glance will discuss and demonstrate transcreation with other poets in a unique workshop during National Poetry Week/WA Spring Poetry Festival. Transcreation is an artistic or creative reworking of a literal translation. Through the process of transcreation the poem’s language is reworked into a form of spoken English that is accessible to a contemporary reader, paying particular attention to the cultural background and intention of the poet.
“Poetry written in another language can build beautiful images in a completely different way to what we’re used to in English. We try to honour the cultural integrity of the poem,” said Afeif.
“Through trans-creating we can remove the barrier of language, and open our minds to other cultures,” said Vivienne.
Afeif is very excited about the growing interest in transcreation, “I hope this workshop will encourage English speakers to build transcreation partnerships with recently arrived writers from other countries. I look forward to exchanging knowledge and cultural experiences with all the writers involved.”
Vivienne is an experienced poet, who has had many poems published in journals and anthologies. She has been involved in events during National Poetry Week and WA Spring Poetry Festival for the past 5 years. “It’s great to have this annual focus on the growing interest and enjoyment people get from reading, writing and listening to poetry.’ Vivienne is also a performer and won the WA Final of the National Poetry Slam 2007. She came third in the National Final held in Sydney and has since performed her poetry at Festivals and readings, as well as leading poetry performance workshops.
Vivienne and Afeif have been working and performing together for a number of years. They have taken their work to Sydney , Melbourne and Canberra and after reading their poetry at a multicultural event in Sydney last year they were published in a Picaro Press anthology titled “Poetry without Borders”. Together they have been developing a working style that as far as they know is a unique cross-cultural experiment.
“I’m very fortunate to have an artist like Vivienne. Her understanding of diversity and her desire to explore the possibilities of multi-cultural poetry are a great asset,” said Afeif.
Afeif was born in Elhassahisa , Sudan in 1962 and as well as being a published poet, writer, playwright, and artist he is an activist for the cause of freedom throughout the world. He has lived in Australia since December 2003, where he founded the "Wings Organization for Cross-Cultural Development Inc"; and is currently Chairperson.
Afeif also is an editor for Arabic publications, and currently an editorial member of "Almuhajir” Sudanese Newspaper in Victoria . Afeif has recently returned from launching a new collection of his poetry, titled “It’s Your Bird”, at the Cairo International Book Festival.
Afeif was also selected in June 2008 to be one of six playwrights to take part in the prestigious National Playwriting Australia script development workshops in Canberra . Vivienne joined him to continue transcreating his script as it developed. His play “The Son of the Sun” which is set in Sudan, Africa, has now been commissioned by Barking Gecko Theatre Company.
“I believe diversity creates dimension in our world,” said Afeif. “Writing is my mission in life. I see myself as a bridge between two cultures.”
Contact for more details or an interview:
Vivienne Glance ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Afeif Ismail email@example.com
(Posted on behalf of Afief Ismail by Frances Macaulay Forde.)