Thursday, February 19, 2009

BRADFORD: Basir Sultan Kazmi in performance

Friday 20th February, 6.30pm, FREE
Theatre in the Mill,
University of Bradford
Reserve your place by calling 01274 233200

Born in Pakistan in 1955, Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Bradford, Basir Sultan Kazmi, is a poet who works in the ghazal tradition, following in the footsteps of his late father, Nasir Kazmi.

Basir both studied and taught English Literature at the Government College Lahore where he edited Ravi (1974) and ran the college literary and dramatic societies. He studied for his M.Ed, P.G.C.E and M.Phil at the University of Manchester between 1991 and 2000. Currently a teacher in Manchester, Basir has also worked for the BBC Asian programme (19991-92) and has conducted poetry and drama workshops all over the UK.

He has published an Urdu poetry collection Moj-e-Khayal (1997) and his translations of ghazals were published as A Little Bridge (1997) and Generations of Ghazals (2003) as well as in several magazines and anthologies.

Basir’s Urdu play Bisaat was published in 1987 and its translation The Chess Board in 1997. In 1992 he won the North West Playwrights Workshop Award.

His plays have been performed in theatres across the north of England and he has given poetry readings in Europe, Pakistan and the USA.

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