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Unity Arts – the new community art gallery at Unity 101 community radio in Southampton – is launching its second exhibition on Sunday 5 March.

The Company of Writers – Halqa Sher o Adab in Urdu – is a fusion of Southampton poets, novelists, storytellers & dramatists from different cultural backgrounds.

Working in both Urdu & English, writers are coming together in the Unity Writers Room to work on translation and interpretation of each other’s work, learn from each other’s unique writing traditions and share the timeless pleasure of literature.

“The Unity 101 poetry group Halqa Sher o Adab has been broadcasting live in Urdu & Hindi every month since xxx. We are bringing them out from behind the mic to meet other local writers who write in English. We are hoping for a cultural fusion” said Unity Arts curator Catherine Wright.

“We have set up Unity Arts to celebrate and support creativity in the community” said Ram Kalyan, Unity 101 Station Manager. “Poetry is a big part of life in Pakistan and we are very happy to be sharing that tradition with fellow Southampton writers”.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the free workshop events being run as part of the project, to write, work on translations or just enjoy listening. Gallery visitors will also find books to browse, translations to work on together and journals to share favourite poems and stories.

Sunday 5th March – 2-4pm Opening Party for The Company of Writers – Halq Sher-o-Adab at Unity Arts, 107 St Marys Rd, Southampton SO14 0AN. Refreshments served.

Sunday 19th March 2-4pm – In Conversation with Pakistani poet/writer Faisal Javed (in English) at Unity Arts, 107 St Marys Rd, Southampton SO14 0AN.

Monday 20th March 5.30-8.00pm – Acts of Translation – working together with The Company of Writers – Halq Sher-o-Adab on translating & interpreting Urdu/English poems

Sunday 26th March 10-1pm – Acts of Translation – Literal/Poetic – Sasha Dugdale, Modern Poetry In Translation. (in partnership with Artful Scribe) – The Art House, 178 Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DW

Sunday 26th March 2-4pm Poetry Workshop in ghazal (pronounced ‘guzzle’) and nazm (promounced ‘nuzum’), two significant forms of Pakistani poetry, with The Company of Writers – Halq Sher-o-Adabat at Unity Arts, 107 St Marys Rd, Southampton SO14 0AN.

Booking is required for the free workshop events. Please visit unity101.org/unityarts for details