Editor’s Intro: we spend an evening with Transforming Poetry at the Inkwell Arts Centre. Leeds. Uk. It is introduced by Tony Martin Woods, a Spanish born poet, who teaches Spanish studies at Leeds University and who has been resident with his English family in Leeds for the last 20 odd years. This month’s session of local poets focuses under the title heading Transforming with Hamza Lakhal, a Saharwi from the Western Sahara, now occupied by Morocco, to whome it was sold by the Spanish in 1975. Hamza’s poetry is presented in Arabic following classical Arabic lyricalism but with political, social reference to the oppression of his peoples in the Western Occupied Sahara. Some translations together with readings are provided by Hamza with the local poets. Further intro into the background is also given throughout the evening by different speakers and poets together with their own blend of preach, protest, diatribe political poetry, making for an interesting evening looking into the heart of the British Midlands. Robin Ouzman Hislop
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