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'East of the Sun, West of the Moon', my 1st poetry collection available to order from bookshops

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My first poetry collection 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon', is now available for order from all good bookshops, as well as from the publisher Seren Books directly , and here is a video depicting the moment I touched the book    

Three poems published in The Lonely Crowd magazine

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  The poem Turning Saints into the Sea is also on The Lonely Crowd website and three of my poems feature in February's issue 14: Missa Solemnis, A Pond for All Eels, and Turning Saints into the Sea.  Here is the pre-order link: https://thelonelycrowd.org/online-shop-2/Issue-14-p610461351  

Poem Published in the final issue of 'Planet - The Welsh Internationalist'

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' Planet - The Welsh Internationalist ' magazine has just printed its final issue. The magazine had been published for fifty years and sadly the arts funding cutback has affected for this important and legendary publication to continue. Planet's brilliant editor Emily Trahair has been an ardent supporter of my poetry and I want to thank her for publishing my poem ' Punctus Contra Punctum ' in the final issue of the magazine. I am wishing Emily and the Planet team my best and hoping to see their talents being used by other Welsh publications soon.    

ArtfulScribe LitFest 2024: Reading in Seren poets showcase at Southampton (9th March 2024)

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I am reading as part of the ArtfulScribe Litfest2024 in Southampton on the 9th March. The festival is showcasing Seren Books and Verve Poetry Press among others with major poets reading through the weekend. Full lineup and details here: https://twitter.com/Artfulscribeuk/status/1749783807488639399

Cover Reveal & Pre-Order: 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' - my first poetry collection

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My first poetry collection is out from Seren Books next month (February 2024). The cover is an original commissioned artwork by the very talented Welsh-Italian painter  Anna Amalia Coviello .  The full list of endorsements: John McCullough - "East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a linguistic tour-de-force. Its liquid, jazz-inspired phrasing delights with sonic leaps and swerves of imagination : ‘I let the sound stutter / let gurgles purify each bank / wobble each bridge’. In this collection, anything is possible: ‘hymns carry stadiums’ and ‘The noxious sprouts ladders’. Contemporary Cardiff becomes inextricably, joyously plaited with the Indian subcontinent: ‘Dravidic tongues / inflect Kerala, shatter invisible / coconuts into tales // circulating Lidl and the Woodville’. There are shadows here too, racist violence exposed alongside ‘Bodies winter scrubbed / toothpaste white’. The overall effect is the creation of a rich, distinctive poetic universe, at times evoking brutality b

Reading at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival (25th April 2024)

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I am reading at Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2024 on 25th April (7 pm start). Tickets and event details below: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/uk/cheltenham-friends-meeting-house/taz-rahman-matthew-stewart-and-ardith-brown/2024-04-25/19:00/t-moanrjr    

Reader for Issue 9 of the Acropolis Journal

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I am delighted to be reading for the next issue of Acropolis Journal with JP Seabright and Dr. Chris Laoutaris. Acropolis Journal published my poems 'Anda' and 'What Are Your Doing the Rest of Your Life' in the recently published issue eight . Theme to be anounched in January 2024 when the submission window opens.

Two poems published in Acropolis Journal

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I am delighted to have two poems published in issue 8 of the  Acropolis Journal , associated with temples, ruins and dark myths. The poems they have published are 'Anda' and 'What are you doing the rest of your life', and extracts can be seen in the screenshots below and the full poems are in the link below:  https://acropolisjournaluk.wixsite.com/acropolisjournal/taz-rahman-two-poems

Commissioned poem for Abridged Magazine on the theme of 'Sinnerman'

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'Sinnerman' is a powerful song by the jazz great Nina Simone. Abridged Magazine had commissioned a number of brilliant early-career poets to respond to the theme. My version, 'The Substrate of a Rose' is now published within the zone and the physical printed postcards are also available. 

Poem published in the Interpreter's House magazine

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Delighted to have my poem ' The Free State of Roath ' in issue 80 of the Interpreter's House magazine, one of the best contemporary poetry magazines with the most exciting poets of the day being featured in their issues going back a number of years.

Reading in the Publisher Showcase for the Planet Magazine, Cardiff 29th September

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 What a wonderful gathering at Dyddiau Du in Cardiff, hosted by the terrific Welsh short story writer Joshua Jones to showcase Planet - The Welsh Internationalist magazine, and it was such an honour to be part of that showcase, and read alongside Katherine Stansfield and Planet editor Emily Trahair!  --- I am delighted to have been invited to read alongside Katherine Stansfield for Planet - The Welsh Internationalist magazine's publisher showcase held at the Dyddiau Du , Capital Centre, Cardiff on 29th September 2023.     

Poem in Seren anthology 'Free Verse - Poems for Richard Price' now out

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I am delighted that the editors Damian Walford Davies and Kevin Mills selected my poem 'Amygdala' for the Seren Books published anthology Free Verse - Poems for Richard Price , which is a collection in honour of Wales' greatest moral philosopher Richard Price's 300th birthday.

Reading at the Harvest Party festival in Pembrokeshire: Saturday 26th August

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Such a pleasure to be part of the Harvest Party in Pembrokeshire and read a few poems on the Saturday afternoon (26th August) with Suzanne Iuppa and Phil Jones. More details of the fantastic farm and team behind it can be found in: https://www.facebook.com/CaerhysOrganicCommunityAgriculture

Hub Festival 2023 - reading at The Moon, 24th Aug

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  Hub Festival 2023 is back, and this year has incorporated 'page poetry' alongside its previous year's spoken word focus. I shall be reading at The Moon, Cardiff on Thursday 24th August 2023 (7 pm onwards). Many thanks to Matt Troy for the invite.

Chapter Arts appearance as part of the South Asian Heritage Month Showcase 2023

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I am delighted to be one of the first four writers announced to be showcased as part of South Asian Heritage Month 2023 at Cardiff premier performance and arts hub Chapter Arts on 12th August: https://www.chapter.org/whats-on/all-shows/south-asian-heritage-month-showcase-2023/9405 The event is being curated by Durre Sharwar and Zafar Iqbal. The other writers announced so far are novelist Hammad Rind, and writer, editor and poet Nasia Sarwar-Skuse.  

Poem published in 'Atrium Poetry', July 2023

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Many thanks to Claire Walker and Holly Magill from Atrium Poetry magazine for accepting my poem ' Stars siphon narcissus '. The poem is forthcoming on 7th July 2023.

Featured Poet in Tiger Bay Poetry, 28th June

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 How lovely to have read some poems from my upcoming 1st collection next year (Seren Books, February 2024, 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon') at the Casablanca Club. This was the start of a new poetry night in Cardiff Bay called 'Tiger Bay Poetry' and it was distinguished honour to have read with fellow Seren poet Wendy Allen and Poetry Wales published Gareth Writer-Davies.

Reading at the These3Streams Llantwit Major literary festival, Sun 11th June

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A real pleasure to be reading in Llantwit Major at the These3Streams literary festival on Sunday, 11th June 2023 alongside local poet Sarah Persson.

Hay Festival 'Writers at Work' 2023 programme

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I am beyond humbled to be part of the 2023 Hay Festival Writers at work. I shall be at the festival attending the programme of events:  https://www.hayfestival.com/wales/writers-at-work/ https://www.literaturewales.org/lw-news/hay-festival-announces-participants-for-its-writers-at-work-2023-programme-for-emerging-welsh-talent/ https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/2723333-writers-at-work Hay Festival 2023, Taz Rahman reading as part of Writers at Work Writers at work cohort at the Hay Festival 2023 with Douglas Stuart, Booker Prize winner Taz Rahman, Sophie Bouchilard & Connor Allen, Hay Festival 2023 Writers at Work

Host of Poetry Wales' Dylan Thomas Day 2023 celebration at Waterstones Cardiff

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It was my privilege to have hosted the Poetry Wales magazine's Dylan Thomas Day 2023 celebration at Waterstones, Cardiff: Monday, 15th May. Poets featured - Des Mannay, John Freeman, Leigh Manley, Kathrine Stansfield, Christina Thatcher, Matthew Haigh & Suzanne Iuppa.

Poem published & cover photo in the 'Planet - The Welsh Internationalist' magazine, issue 250

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Editor Emily Trahair at 'Planet - The Welsh Internationalist magazine' has published my poem Sanctuary in the May issue. The poem is about the concept of refuge and hiraeth - a Welsh word meaning a specific longing for one's homeland. The front cover also features a photo I took as a photojournalist while covering the protest against Cardiff council's proposed cutbacks that would have threatened library and museum services.

Reading at Pen Cymru 'Welsh Writers Welcome the World' on 23rd March

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Delighted to be reading in the write4word and Pen Cymru 'Welsh Writers Welcome the World' event at Narbeth Museum on 23rd March.

Headlining at Newport's Old Murrenger on 15th March

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I shall be reading at the Old Murrenger, Newport's famous old literary venue on Wednesday 15th March. It would be a 40-minute set in total reading poems from my upcoming February 2024 first poetry collection from Seren Books.  Update: The photo below was taken by the photographer John Briggs at the Murrenger reading -  

Poem translated into Welsh by Eisteddfod-winning bard Osian Wyn Owen

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Such an immense honour to have the Welsh language poetry magazine Barddas commission a translation of one of my poems into Welsh. The translator is the Eisteddfod-winning bard Osian Wyn Owen. Many thanks to Nia Morais , commissioner of 'New Voices' for the kind recommendation.

Reading at Ty Newydd Creative Writing Centre in July-August, 23

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Delighted to be reading poems as the guest reader and supporting Poetry Wales editor Zoë Brigley's summer poetry retreat weekend at Literature Wales' Ty Newydd Creative Writing Centre.  I shall be reading on Wednesday evening (2nd August) from my upcoming 2024 first collection, as well as discussing my journey through the first poetry collection with Wales' biggest poetry publisher, Seren Books.  Full details about this course can be found at the Ty Newydd website: https://www.tynewydd.wales/course/retreat-editing-and-submitting-poems/

Poem published in Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2023 anthology

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Being shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing prize was such an honour. All shortlisted poems and prose have been published in a beautiful anthology and it is a priviledge to be selected among the best of British poetry and literature. The 2023 Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology is available  here  for purchase: