Poetry 2012: The Written World

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20120510

A poem to capture the spirit of every nation competing at the 2012 Games.

Belgium: Gunter Beelan20120511

The countless languages of the linguistic city of Brussels are recognised in Language Machine by Geert van Istendael, read by Edinburgh based Belgian engineer Gunter Beelan.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Cook Islands: Memory Keuina Cliff20120508

Turakina Street by Jean Mason describes maintaining links with home even when you've had to leave it behind. Memory keuina Cliff, is from the island of Mauke in the Cook Islands and has lived in the United Kingdom for 18 years.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Cyprus: Ourania Panayi20120504

Maps are a great way to understand a place and its people and 'Street Map of Nicosia' by Niki Marangou does just that. The poem is read by Scottish born Cypriot Ourania Panayi.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Equatorial Guinea: Mardoino Onguene20120514

The poem for Equatorial Guinea casts its mind back to the capital Malabo, when is was formerly known as Santa Isabel. This extract from Minitopography of Santa Isabel is by Marcelo Ensema Nsang and read by Mardoino Onguene who is working in Aberdeen to learn more about the oil industry before returning to a thriving oil industry in his homeland.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Hong Kong: Julia Hung20120503

The Floral Apron by Marilyn Chin passes on valuable lessons to the younger generation from Hong Kong. The poem is read by Julia Hung, a former graphic designer from Hong Kong who now works as an arts and crafts teacher.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Malawi: Brave Mnyayi20120512

The rain's ability to cleanse is keenly felt in this poem for Malawi by Frank Chipasula. The Rain Storm is read by Malawian Brave Mnyayi.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Norway: Kirsti Dinnis20120506

Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer who became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a self-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947. 'Thor Heyerdahl's mother' is by Jan Erik Vold and is read by Norwegian mother and grandmother Kirsti Dinnis.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Sri Lanka: Dee Rajathelakan20120505

Even architects have their superstitions in Sri Lanka according to Michael Ondaatje in his poem The First Rule of Sinhalese Architecture. The poem is read by chemical engineering student Dee Rajathelakan.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Thailand: Eis D'Anna20120509

The landscape of Thailand is never without houses and people according to Thai poet Angkarn Chantatip.

Houses and People was translated by Tracey Martin and The Poetry Translation Workshop and is read by Eis D'Anna, a Thai Estate Agent in Manchester.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Tonga: Elsie Fukofuka20120507

The humour and hardworking attitude of the Tongans are summed up in Wednesday Afternoon by Karlo Mila read by Tongan Elsie Fukofuka, who is taking a year out from working with the Tongan Government to

study diplomacy in the UK.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Venezuela: Jairo Lungo20120513

Caracas by Eugenio Montejo describes the capital city of Venezuela which has changed beyond all recognition. The poem is read journalist and media journalism lecturer at Sheffield University Dr Jairo Lungo.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.