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
Header image: (c) Doug Currie Photography