Poetry Workshop with Jamal Mehmood

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2 July, 11am-4pm

Creative Studio

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Join writer and filmmaker Jamal Mehmood for this free workshop exploring the imagery and storytelling of poetry in translation.

Through exploratory exercises we’ll be considering how you can use translated poetry as prompts in your own work, as well as discussing literal translations and how they can benefit your understanding as a writer. With a focus on Urdu and some Arabic, throughout the workshop we’ll also be exploring poetic forms like the ghazal, and the oral tradition.

No previous experience or knowledge of Urdu or Arabic necessary.


This free event is open to young people aged 15-24. Find out more about our Youth Programme and our youth collective Duchamp & Sons here.

Please email Amelia Oakley, Curator: Youth Programmes on duchampandsons@whitechapelgallery.org if you have any questions or access requirements you would like to discuss ahead of this event.

About Jamal Mehmood

Jamal Mehmood is a writer and filmmaker based in London. His work has appeared on BBC4, Popula and Magma and he has been shortlisted for the Outspoken Prize for Poetry in Film. His latest book ‘The Leaf of the Neem Tree’ is published by Hajar Press.