We are very pleased to announce that two new poems, ‘A Soliloquy before Time’ and ‘Time,’ by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts’ writer-in-residence, will feature in Odyssey: Words and Music of Finding Home, a narrative recital by the award-winning actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis.

You can watch the live stream of the recital performed on Friday 8th November, here.  Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s poetry is performed from 1.47.

Odyssey tells the story of the aftermath of war, with the legend of Odysseus’s epic journey home from Troy to Ithaca interwoven with themes of journey, diaspora and migration explored through words and music, including specially commissioned works by six award-winning contemporary poets and composers. Their work is set alongside Homer’s original words in Emily Wilson’s acclaimed new translation, as well as works by Shakespeare, Bach, Debussy, and Clara Schumann to create another absorbing, moving and richly rewarding evening.

Performers: Christopher Kent and Gamal Khamis

Poets: Vahni Capildeo, Yousif M Qasmiyeh, JL Williams

Composers: Amy Bryce, Daniel Kidane, George Stevenson

Dramaturg: Terry O’Connor  Consultant: Tony Palmer


To book or reserve tickets for the London-based  recital on the 1st March (£20/£15) see here. ​Further tour dates are being planned for 2020. Please check here for details


To find out more about Yousif M. Qasmiyeh and his writing click here or visit our Writing and Poetry Archive.

Header image: (c) Doug Currie Photography

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