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Neath Reading, Saturday 6th July 2024, 2 pm in aid of Well Child Charity

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I am reading in Neath this Saturday 2 pm (6th July) with Natalie Ann Holborrow, Rae Howells and a number of other poets as part of the Poetry Party to raise funds for the WellChild charity. Tickets can be obtained from here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-bough-poetry-party-fundraising-for-wellchild-in-neath-tickets-913757783127?aff=oddtdtcreator  

The Commonpress, London Reading: Wed 26th June at Bethnal Green

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My first reading in London!!! I read from my first poetry collection 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' , published by Seren Books alongside the wonderful Jay Mitra and fellow Seren poet Lorcan Black at the amazing inclusive venue https://www.commonpress.co.uk/ on Wednesday, 26th June 2024

Cardiff Bay reading: with Zoe Brigley at Tiger Bay Poetry (Mon, 24th June)

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Delighted to be in conversation with my mentor and poetry editor Zoe Brigley at Tiger Bay poetry on Monday 24th June, 7.30 pm. We shall be reading poems an discussing poetry. Thank you Natasha Gauthier for your invite to be part of Cardiff's best monthly poetry reading.

Penarth reading: 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    

'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' in Father's Day recommendation by the Books Council of Wales

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I am delighted that the Books Council of Wales has selected 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' as one of its Father's Day recommended books. The book is available from all good bookshops in Wales and can also be ordered online via my publisher Seren: https://www.serenbooks.com/book/east-of-the-sun-west-of-the-moon/

Hay Festival Reading, 1st June 2024

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My book 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon', published by Seren Books was sold out at the Hay Festival bookshop 24 hours before I was due to read on the Saturday. I am truly grateful. Those who missed out, here is the link to buy copies: https://www.serenbooks.com/book/east-of-the-sun-west-of-the-moon/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once again I am delighted to be reading at Hay Festival on the 1st June at the 'Writers at Work' tent. The event is sold out as I write, however, tickets may be added to wish list: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-21801-writers-at-workawduron-wrth-eu-gwaith.aspx It was a huge honour to have been chosen to be the one of the ten 'Writers at Work' in 2023 and the experience of being immersed in so much writing and book related events changed me as a writer. So once again it is lovely to be invited back as an alumni this year to perform in front of

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/

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 was delighted to be the creative keynote speaker for 'The Association of Welsh Writing in English' at its annual conference on Saturday 11th May. I read from my debut poetry collection ' East of the Sun, West of the Moon ', published by Seren Books, and talked about some of the exciting trends and voices emerging in 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