In this talk, Narguess Farzad will describe the beauty of the Persian language as exemplified in a 14th century poem of Hafez that alludes to the 'candy-sweet Persian that goes to Bengal'. This event is being organised to mark the fact that the website Persian Language Online will in future be administered by the Iran Heritage Foundation. PLOL is already the foremost website in the UK for the learning of Persian, and in the future it will go from strength to strength. Narguess will explain how this will happen.
Narguess Farzad is the Senior Fellow in Persian and a member of Academic Board at SOAS, University of London, where she convenes the degree programme in Persian. She teaches many courses on beginner to advanced levels of Persian language, classical and modern Persian poetry, and translation studies. She was the Academic Director of the Persian Language Foundation and currently serves on the advisory, academic, or governing councils of Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS; the Djam Scholarship Committee; Iran Heritage Foundation; and the Iran Society.
Her publications include works on the teaching grammar of Persian, the Poetry of Sacred Defence, and translations of Farzaneh Khojandi’s poetry; the latter in collaboration with the award winning English poet, Jo Shapcott. She is also a regular contributor to the art and culture programmes of BBC radios 3, 4 and the World Service.
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