31st January 2008 19:00
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Pl, WC2H 0HE
An event that celebrated the life and works of the great Persian poet Mavlana Jalaladdin Muhammad Rumi.

Mavlana Jalaladdin Muhammad Rumi is one of the most influentiual names in Persian literature.

His large volume of love poems mirrors his lifelong defiance of barriers against love and passion.
His philosophical poems take issue against the established social and cultural perspectives of this time.

In January 2008, Poet in the City held an event at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate Rumi's 800th anniversary.

Members of The Persian Thursday Group and guests read his poems in English and Farsi.

Due to popular demand, Poet in the City staged a second Rumi event in March 2008

Melanie Roberts conducted interviews with event programmer Abbas Faiz, Lobat Vala who read some of Rumi's work in Farsi and Robert Maxwell who has translated Rumi's work.
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