Poet in the City Presents: Forugh Farrokhzad

The Rebel Poet of 1960s Iran

An evening of poetry and discussion dedicated to rebel poet Forugh Farrokhzad and her legacy on international contemporary poets and artists. 

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 and artists here in the UK who have been influenced by this landmark poet.

Performers confirmed:

Golnoosh Nour (author and poet)
Roxana Vilk (director and artist)
Nazli Tabatabai-Khatamhbakhsh
(playwright, author and writer)

Performer Biographies

Dr Golnoosh Nour is the author of The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories (2020). Her debut poetry collection was published in 2017, and her forthcoming poetry collection ROCKSONG will be published in October 2021 by Verve Poetry Press. Her writing has also appeared in Granta, Poetry Anthology, and elsewhere. Golnoosh has performed her work in numerous literary events such as Stoke Newington Literature Festival and The Shuffle at the Poetry Café. Golnoosh is the co-editor of Magma 80 and an anthology of queer writing forthcoming from Muswell Press. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Reading.

Golnoosh is on Twitter: @DrNourrr

Roxana Vilk is an award winning multi-disciplinary UK/Iranian director and artist, working in music, film, TV and live performance. Her work often explores the themes of human rights, cultural identity and migration. She has made films in the UK, USA, Lebanon, France, Iran, Norway, Turkey and Iraq.

She has won several awards, most recently the Unchosen Award at Encounters Festival Bristol,  Best Experimental Film at NRFF Amsterdam, 2nd Prix du Jury at Cannes Art/ Film Festival, Best Artist Award at London Renaissance film Festival, best music video at Austin Music Festival.

Roxana is on Twitter: @RoxanaVilk

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh is a performer, director, playwright, author and poet. Currently she is studying her second Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is librettist for a new opera: "Paradise Garden"; and standalone arias "Song of Sara", "Between Breaths", "This boy, here before you", and a suite of new poetry in response to the poet Forugh Farrokhzad.
Nazli is a member of the governance committee for the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA) in New York; and for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama she is a member of the Independent Equity Committee; she also is an experienced: mentor, coach, consultant, speaker and facilitator.

Nazli is on Twitter: @Nazli_Tabatabai