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At 7.30pm on Friday 26th March, Shetland Library will be the venue for a reading by acclaimed poet Choman Hardi, author of “Life for Us” (Bloodaxe 2006) and Shetland Arts Creative Writer in Residence.

The reading, which will also include performances by local poets, is the last appearance that Choman Hardi will make in her role as Writer in residence. Her residency has involved work in schools and communities, where she has run creative writing workshops that have drawn on the work of a variety of published poets as inspiration. She has also performed her work at the Whalsay Heritage Centre and in Nordalea Care Centre in Unst, in both cases to highly appreciative audiences.

Shetland Arts Literature Development Officer, Donald Anderson said, “Choman’s readings have been excellent: as well as a fine poet she is a quietly compelling performer and a fascinating speaker. I hope people will take this opportunity to hear her read.”

Speaking about Friday’s reading and her residency in general Choman Hardi said, “This has been an inspiring time. Shetland is a beautiful place and the people are so warm and generous. The spectacular view of the sea has helped me regain my spiritual balance after a few years of working with survivors of violence in Kurdistan. I have also thoroughly enjoyed working with the community, adults and teenagers. I hope that my time here has inspired some of the writers to explore other kinds of poetry and to produce new work. The Friday reading is my last appearance during this residency. I look forward to a night of poetry and exchange.”

Choman Hardi’s residence is one of a series of month long Creative Writing Residencies run by Shetland Arts with funding from the Scottish Arts Council.

Friday’s event is free. Doors open at 7pm. Everybody welcome.

For further details contact: donald.anderson@shetlandarts.org; telephone: 01595 743 843

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