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Nation Cymru review of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'

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 Many thanks to CJ Wagstaff for writing such a detailed and generous review of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' for Nation Cymru:  https://nation.cymru/culture/poetry-review-east-of-the-sun-west-of-the-moon-by-taz-rahman/

Reading at the Penarth Literary Festival's Poetry Showcase (23rd June, 2024)

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I am absolutely delighted to be reading in the poetry showcase as part of the Penarth Literary Festival, organised by 'Independent Bookshop of the Year 2023' winner, Griffin Books. The showcase is hosted by Katherine Stansfield and the other poets in the lineup are Rhian Elizabeth and Clare Potter. Tickets available from:  Poetry Showcase Ticket link

Buzz Magazine review of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'

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Many thanks to Mab Jones for reviewing my poetry collection 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' published by Seren Books:  https://www.buzzmag.co.uk/new-poetry-april-2024-david-harsent-elizabeth-parker-taz-rahman-review/

Reading at Aberystwyth Poetry Festival (4th May 2024)

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I am delighted to be reading at the Aberystwyth Poetry Fesrival on Saturday 4th May, 11 am. The reading follows a question and answer session about writing about climate change and preserving local habiats. Many thanks to the Bookshop by the Sea in Aberystwyth for organising the festival and for inviting me.   Tickets and the full line up of events can be seen on the festival website:  https://thebookshopbythesea.co.uk/aberystwyth-poetry-festival

Creative Keynote Speaker at 'The Association for Welsh Writing in English conference' (Gregynog, Saturday 11th May)

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I am delighted to be addressing 'The Association of Welsh Writing in English' at its annual conference on Saturday 11th May as the creative keynote speaker. I shall be reading from my debut poetry collection ' East of the Sun, West of the Moon ', published by Seren Books, and talking about some of the exciting trends and voices emerging from the Welsh poetry scene of late.  https://www.awwe.org/conference.html

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

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I was delighted to have read at Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2024 on 25th April. Such a warm welcome and appreciative audience.  ---------------------------    

On Being a Poet in Wales: Taz Rahman (Nation Cymru article)

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 Wales' major independent digital newspaper Nation Cymru has featured an article by me that delves into the development of my poetry language, the impact of my mentor Zoe Brigley on my writing, and how important the two rivers Taff and Ely are to my poetry: https://nation.cymru/culture/on-being-a-poet-in-wales-taz-rahman/ My poem 'Bread of Heaven' about life around the river Taff is also in this article. My grateful thanks to Books Editor Jon Gower. 

Reading at Poetry Wales showcase at Waterstones Cardiff, 26th March

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 Delighted to have read poems at the Poetry Wales spring issue showcase at Waterstones, Cardiff last Tuesday! Also, the bookshop sold out of my books at the end of the evening! --- I am reading poems at the Poetry Wales spring issue launch showcase at Waterstones bookshop on Tuesday 26th March, 7 pm. Details of the event and tickets at this link: https://www.waterstones.com/events/poetry-wales-showcase-and-open-mic/cardiff The full line-up of featured poets is:   ZoĆ« Brigley Taylor Edmonds Jeremy Dixon Natasha Gauthier Hilary Watson Bethany Handley Taz Rahman Des Mannay 

Featured in 'Writing Advice from Cheltenham Poetry Festival'

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I am quoted in this writing advice article by Tim Relf: https://poetrywales.co.uk/writing-advice-from-cheltenham-poetry-festival/ All four poets featured are reading at the 2024 Cheltenham Poetry Festival on various dates.  I am personally appearing on the 24th April in Cheltenham and ticket details are on this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/uk/cheltenham-friends-meeting-house/taz-rahman-matthew-stewart-ardith-brown-chris-hemingway/e-vqpgdr

Grateful thanks for full house attendance at my Cardiff book launch for 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'

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.  Here are some photos from my book launch at g39 in Cardiff, I am incredibly grateful for the full house turnout, my guest reader Abigail Parry and Nasia Sarwar-Skuse, and Jon Gower for a generous introduction, Rhian Edwards and Sarah Johnson from Seren Books for supporting this launch, and to my friend Helen McSherry for playing her beautiful cello: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join us at g39 for the launch of Taz Rahman's debut poetry collection East of the Sun, West of the Moon . Reading alongside Taz are T.S. Eliot shortlisted poet Abigail Parry and 2023 Wasafiri Prize-winner Nasia Sarwar-Skuse. About the poets: Taz Rahman is a Cardiff based poet, writer and literary content creator. He has been published in Poetry Wales, Bad Lilies, South Bank Poetry, Anthropocene, Honest Ulsterman, Nation Cymru, Culture Matters and various anthologies. He has been selected to be the Chairperson of Poetry Wales Magazine’s Rea

London Grip magazine review of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'

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The Londongrip literary publication has reviewed my first poetry collection from Seren Books 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'. I am grateful to the publication and to Pat Edwards for her most generous words about my poetry. The review can be access here: https://londongrip.co.uk/2024/03/london-grip-poetry-review-taz-rahman/ 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' can be ordered from all good bookshops as well as from Seren Books: https://www.serenbooks.com/book/east-of-the-sun-west-of-the-moon/  

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. Tickets:  https://www.mayflower.org.uk/whats-on/artfulscribe-lit-fest-2024/   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 of my first poetry collection: 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'

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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

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.