May 26, 2011

Begikhani and Qaradaghi’s “Colour of Sand” at Paris’s Le Marché de la Poésie - By Nicole Barrière 

On the occasion of the publication of Nazand Begikhani’s and Dilawar Qaradaghi’s book, Colour of Sand, in French, the Harmattan publishing house is organising a reading and signing session at the Paris’s Le Marché de la Poésie on Saturday evening, May 28th. Poet and writer Nazand Begikhani will be present in the company of one of the translators, Bertrand Foly, to read some passages of the book in Kurdish and French.

Colour of Sand is a jointly written poetry collection translated from Kurdish by Shakour Bayez in collaboration with Bertrand Foly and edited by teacher of the Latin language, Thierry Denoyelle.

The director of the Poetry Section in the Harmattan publishing house, Ms Nicole Barriere, said in a statement that: “In the Colour of Sand,  Nazand Begikhani and Dilawar Qaradaghi provide witness, a witness of overwhelming suffering by the Kurdish people, reminding us not to forget. This poetic interaction tells about the pain of the two poets, they become the voice of their people in a moment of human abandon. It is here that poetry reveals its noble soul, its strength and allows us to keep hope.”

Nazand Begikhani has expressed her wish that Dilawar Qaradaghi could be present at the launch of the book: “Colour of Sand is the product of Dilawar Qaradaghi and me. Every verses of the poem are a poetic mixture of words, colour, voice and rhythm of the two poets. It is a pity that Dilawar Qaradaghi, who is currently in Kurdistan, cannot participate in the event.” Likewise, Dlawar Qaradaghi has said: “I am really sad to be absent from the launch of our book, to see my friend Nazand, and the book in French. To be honest, I feel that one of my babies has been born in the poetic and beautiful Paris and I am not there to cuddle it as a father must cuddle his baby…”

Qaradaghi adds: “Colour of Sand is a joint journey between my friend Nazand and me, from two faraway countries towards a destination unknown to us, along a perilous road. It was a journey full of shadow, the sound of birds and warm colours. Through this journey, we were not afraid to take risks and to take our time before arriving. For me, this joint poetic endeavour was full of calm and tranquillity, where I experienced a new form of writing and came across Nazand Begikhani’s poetic ability as well as her seriousness and realised how much of a good, kind and sincere friend she was.”

The event is open to all:

Venue: Le Marché de la Poésie
Date and time: Saturday, 28 May 2011, 7 – 8,30pm
Address: Place St-Sulpice, Paris VI
Stand number: 602
Metro: Saint-Sulpice and Saint-Germain-des-Prés


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