Event 19

Workshop with Hammad Rind : The Ghazal in Wales

Sunday 16 February 2020

Location: Committee Room

14:00 – 16:00

The ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets that originated in 7th century Arabia. It achieved its zenith in the Persian language. Rumi (d. 1273), Sa’di (d. 1292) and Hafez (d. 1390) are three of the greatest Persian poets who employed this poetic form. Through the cultural influence of Persian in the eastern Islamic (or Persianate) world, the ghazal was introduced to the Indian subcontinent and Asia Minor. It remained the preferable style of poets of the classic Turkish (divan edebiyati) and Urdu literatures. We will start by introducing the ghazal to the attendees of the workshop. We will highlight the melodic element in reading a ghazal aloud and read some examples from Persian and English. We will explain the concept of mushaira – a gathering of poets to read their ghazals in front of an audience – which constitutes an essential part of Persian and Indian literary culture. We will then encourage the participants to write their own ghazals in any language they like on a number of themes. They will be encouraged to perform their ghazals in the second half of the workshop. Bring pen and notebook.

£15, or £10 with concessions (book in advance*)

*It is recommended that you book in advance for this event as spaces are limited


Hammad Rind

Hammad Rind, writer, linguist and teacher was born in Punjab, Pakistan. He is a regular performer at local open mic and spoken word events, in particular the BAME platform, ‘Where I’m Coming From’. Hammad is fascinated by the idea of language as a powerful narrative device and a medium of communication.

He can speak eight and a half languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Persian, Turkish, Italian and French, and incorporates elements of these different languages into his work. His first novel, Four Dervishes, a social satire based on a dastan by Persian poet, Amir Khosrow, with elements of magic realism, has attracted early interest and is currently seeking the right publisher. 

Sponsors and Supporters

This event is supported by Llenyddiaeth Cymru – Literature Wales