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Zaffar Kunial

Thursday 19th Oct 2017, 7pm
The Whitworth

A rising star in the poetry world, Zaffar Kunial published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and his first full length collection is due next year. He was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere and was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award.  Born to an English mother and Kashmiri father in Birmingham, he is interested in exploring dual identity, oral dialect, language and landscape in his work. For this special co-commission by MLF and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Zaffar will be writing a series of new poems responding to the work of artist Raqib Shaw, whose paintings of fantastical worlds draw on renaissance and baroque imagery, combined with theatrical extravagance, myth, nature and religion. Raqib’s exhibition is part of the New North and South network: a three year programme of co-commissions, exhibitions and intellectual exchange across a network of eleven arts organisations from the North of England and South Asia.

Age Suitability 14+

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