literature & poetry

Songs We Learn From Trees

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Packed with all the wit, energy and heartache of Ethiopia, it’s the first ever anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in English.

Songs We Learn from Trees contains folk and religious poems steeped in the tradition of wax and gold, ten much-loved 20th-century poets and 30 of the most exciting contemporary poets working inside and outside Ethiopia.

The line-up includes Ethiopian poets Bedilu Wakjira, Misrak Terefe, Hama Tuma and Alemtsehay Wodajo, joining us from Addis Ababa, Paris and Washington.

We also welcome Ethio-British poets and editors/translators Alemu Tebeje and Chris Beckett.

Songs We Learn from Trees is published by Carcanet Classics in May 2020.

Dates & times

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Free, but ticketed