Friday, November 18, 2005


Tortured language: the poetry of human rights

Jack Mapanje, Malawian poet, and human rights activist.
One of the featured writers on Open Democracy's Tortured Language: The poetry of human rights

Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing: edited by Jack Mapanje

from Open Democracy:
Tortured language: the poetry of human rights

Poet in the City and Amnesty International organised an event in London on 15 November to highlight the connections between poets and poetry and human rights abuses. Hosted by Helena Kennedy, the distinguished human rights barrister, “Tortured language: the poetry of human rights” featured readings by three celebrated poets: Jack Mapanje, Yang Lian and Choman Hardi.

openDemocracy presents profiles of these three poets, plus an excerpt from Helena Kennedy’s introduction to the event, and exclusive audio clips of the poetry readings, which includes the poetry of Shi Tao, a Chinese poet and activist recently arrested by his government.

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