Poet in the City Presents: Forugh Farrokhzad

The Rebel Poet of Iran

An evening of poetry and discussion celebrating rebel poet Forugh Farrokhzad and her legacy on contemporary feminist movements. 

What’s it like to be the first person to publish writing from the perspective of a woman in your country? During the 1960s in Iran, a time when literature and the arts, and the majority of daily life, was dominated by men, poet Forugh Farrokhzad did exactly that. Now considered an iconic figure from her own time, Farrokhzad radically broke convention through her unapologetic storytelling of the reality of being a woman and has since captured the imaginations of generations of Iranians. 

Join us as we hear from contemporary poets, activists, community organisers and cultural commentators who have been influenced by a poet that has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran.