Poetry 2012 - The Written World [Radio Scotland]

Poetry 2012 - The Written World brings worldwide poetry to the airwaves with a poem to capture the spirit of every nation competing at the 2012 Games. Radio Scotland will broadcast a daily poem, written by a poet from each of the 205 countries and read by natives now living in the UK. The poems showcase the unique flavour of the people, history, landscapes, customs or cultures of all the competing nations and create a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

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Learning under the shade of the tree, Zimbabwe's poem The Old School by Tari Mtetwa is read by Zimbabwean writer, poet and musician Tawona Sithole.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Zimbabwe, read by Tawona Sithole.

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

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

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

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A moment in time from Lithuania is captured in the poem Easter by Judita Vaiciunaite. It was translated by Jonas Zdanys and is read by actress Zivile Stanton.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Lithuania read by Zivile Stanton.

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A moment in time from Lithuania is captured in the poem Easter by Judita Vaiciunaite. It was translated by Jonas Zdanys and is read by actress Zivile Stanton.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Lithuania read by Zivile Stanton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afghanistan: Mojgan Ahmed20120518

The Story of My Country by Asadullah Habib reveals the beauties which exist alongside the troubled past and present of Afghanistan. The poem is translated by Bashir Sakhawarz and read by Mojgan Ahmed, a student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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

Afghanistan: Mojgan Ahmed20120518

The Story of My Country by Asadullah Habib reveals the beauties which exist alongside the troubled past and present of Afghanistan. The poem is translated by Bashir Sakhawarz and read by Mojgan Ahmed, a student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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

Albania: Anela20120329

Ismail Kadare captures the yearning felt for your homeland when far away from it in an extract from his poem Longing for Albania read by 15 year old Albanian schoolgirl Anela.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Albania read by 15-year-old Anela.

Albania: Anela20120329

Ismail Kadare captures the yearning felt for your homeland when far away from it in an extract from his poem Longing for Albania read by 15 year old Albanian schoolgirl Anela.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Albania read by 15-year-old Anela.

Algeria: Amel Chetibi20120626

At the Water's Edge by Habib Tengour is an Algerian poem read by Amel Chetibi, who is studying for a masters in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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

Algeria: Amel Chetibi20120626

At the Water's Edge by Habib Tengour is an Algerian poem read by Amel Chetibi, who is studying for a masters in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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

American Samoa: Anthony Liu20120803

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem from American Samoa is called "Regulators" by John Enright and is read by Anthony Liu

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

Celebrating poetry world wide with a poem from American Samoa read by Anthony Liu.

Angola: Iris Debritouk20120707

Build my house by Ana Paula Tavaras is an Angolan poem translated by Richard Zenith and read by Iris Debritouk who lives in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Angola: Iris Debritouk20120707

Build my house by Ana Paula Tavaras is an Angolan poem translated by Richard Zenith and read by Iris Debritouk who lives in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Argentina: Gabriella Grzyb20120326

Memories of playing on the pavements of the Argentinian capital are captured in Julio Cortazar's poem Sidewalks of Buenos Aires read by translator Gabriella Grzyb.

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

The poem from Argentina is read by Gabriella Grzyb.

Argentina: Gabriella Grzyb20120326

Memories of playing on the pavements of the Argentinian capital are captured in Julio Cortazar's poem Sidewalks of Buenos Aires read by translator Gabriella Grzyb.

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

The poem from Argentina is read by Gabriella Grzyb.

Armenia: Anna Mkhitagan20120408

I Love the Sun-Baked Taste of Armenian Words by Eghishe Charents suggests a deep attachment to both the Armenian landscape and its language. It is read by Armenian Anna Mkhitagan who works as a Research Administrator at King's College, London. The poem was translated by Diana Der Hovanessian.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Armenia read by Anna Mkhitagan.

Armenia: Anna Mkhitagan20120408

I Love the Sun-Baked Taste of Armenian Words by Eghishe Charents suggests a deep attachment to both the Armenian landscape and its language. It is read by Armenian Anna Mkhitagan who works as a Research Administrator at King's College, London. The poem was translated by Diana Der Hovanessian.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Armenia read by Anna Mkhitagan.

Australia: Andrew Dotto2012060320120603 (RS)

The Mitchells by Les Murray captures an easy, laconic style, particular to many Australians, and is read by Andrew Dotto from Adelaide, Australia who works in IT in Edinburgh.

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

Australia: Andrew Dotto2012060320120603 (RS)

The Mitchells by Les Murray captures an easy, laconic style, particular to many Australians, and is read by Andrew Dotto from Adelaide, Australia who works in IT in Edinburgh.

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

Azerbaijan: Ziya Gafarli20120612

The Poet's Voice by Khalil Reza Uluturk describes the oppression of Azerbaijan during Soviet Rule. The poem was translated from the Azeri by Aynur H. Imecer and read by Manchester University student Ziya Garfarli.

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

Azerbaijan: Ziya Gafarli20120612

The Poet's Voice by Khalil Reza Uluturk describes the oppression of Azerbaijan during Soviet Rule. The poem was translated from the Azeri by Aynur H. Imecer and read by Manchester University student Ziya Garfarli.

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

Bahamas: Vickie Ferrier2012060720120607 (RS)

Mangroves by Christian Campbell recognises one of the inherent features of the Bahamian landscape which need to be protected. The poem is read by Bahamian Vickie Ferrier, who left the Bahamas tweny years ago and works as a Business Manager for a housing consultancy in Stirling.

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

Bahamas: Vickie Ferrier2012060720120607 (RS)

Mangroves by Christian Campbell recognises one of the inherent features of the Bahamian landscape which need to be protected. The poem is read by Bahamian Vickie Ferrier, who left the Bahamas tweny years ago and works as a Business Manager for a housing consultancy in Stirling.

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

Bahrain : Luqman Slaise20120713

All of Them by Qasim Haddad translated from the Arabic by Sharif S. Elmusa and Charlies Doria portrays the power of belief, even when those around have doubts. This poem from Bahrain is read by Luqman Slaise, a commercial and residential agent living in Shoreditch.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Bahrain : Luqman Slaise20120713

All of Them by Qasim Haddad translated from the Arabic by Sharif S. Elmusa and Charlies Doria portrays the power of belief, even when those around have doubts. This poem from Bahrain is read by Luqman Slaise, a commercial and residential agent living in Shoreditch.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Bangladesh: Fahim Sharif20120619

Mon-doria is not only a river but a symbol of love in Bangladesh. The poem was written by Rashida Islam, translated by Debjani Chatterjeeoria and an extract of the poem is read by Fahim Sharif, a restaurant owner in Belfast.

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

Bangladesh: Fahim Sharif20120619

Mon-doria is not only a river but a symbol of love in Bangladesh. The poem was written by Rashida Islam, translated by Debjani Chatterjeeoria and an extract of the poem is read by Fahim Sharif, a restaurant owner in Belfast.

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

Barbados: Neil Drakes20120822

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Barbados read by Neil Drakes.

'And Yet Again' by Esther Phillips voices a soul's desire and is the poem for Barbados read by Neil Drakes.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Belarus: Yarik Kryvoi20120708
Belarus: Yarik Kryvoi20120708

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Belgium read by Gunter Beelan.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Belgium read by Gunter Beelan.

Bermuda: Sharla Cavonne2012061120120611 (RS)

Bodysurf by Paul Maddern captures the Bermudian understanding of the waves which relentlessly roll towards their island. The poem is read by Sharla Cavonne.

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

Bermuda: Sharla Cavonne2012061120120611 (RS)

Bodysurf by Paul Maddern captures the Bermudian understanding of the waves which relentlessly roll towards their island. The poem is read by Sharla Cavonne.

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

Bhutan: Nirmala Sharma20120716

A Lesson in Light by Sonam Chhoki illustrates the Bhutanese reaction to a lunar eclipse. The poem is read by Nirmala Sharma from Bhutan who now lives in Doncaster.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Bhutan: Nirmala Sharma20120716

A Lesson in Light by Sonam Chhoki illustrates the Bhutanese reaction to a lunar eclipse. The poem is read by Nirmala Sharma from Bhutan who now lives in Doncaster.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Bosnia-herzegovina: Masha Luic20120415

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games. Masha Luic was brought up in Scotland but her parents are from Bosnia'Herzegovina. She reads 'Essay' by Semezdin Mehmedinovic and talks about her love for Bosnia and her grandmother's cooking. The poem is translated from the Bosnian by Ammiel Alcalay.

Masha Luic reads Essay by Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic.

Bosnia-herzegovina: Masha Luic20120415

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games. Masha Luic was brought up in Scotland but her parents are from Bosnia'Herzegovina. She reads 'Essay' by Semezdin Mehmedinovic and talks about her love for Bosnia and her grandmother's cooking. The poem is translated from the Bosnian by Ammiel Alcalay.

Masha Luic reads Essay by Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic.

British Virgin Islands: Bernadine Williams20120617

Crescendo by Richard Georges from The British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean captures a sense of isolation which may come from island living. The poem is read by Bernadine Williams who is from the British Virgin Islands and is currently studying for a Phd at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

British Virgin Islands: Bernadine Williams20120617

Crescendo by Richard Georges from The British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean captures a sense of isolation which may come from island living. The poem is read by Bernadine Williams who is from the British Virgin Islands and is currently studying for a Phd at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Bulgaria: Prof Nikolai Zhelav20120331

The Travel Guide to the Country of Your Birth by Kapka Kassabova alludes to a time when Bulgarians didn't have the same freedom they have today. Read by Prof Nikolai Zhelev.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Bulgaria read by Prof Nikolai Zhelev.

Bulgaria: Prof Nikolai Zhelav20120331

The Travel Guide to the Country of Your Birth by Kapka Kassabova alludes to a time when Bulgarians didn't have the same freedom they have today. Read by Prof Nikolai Zhelev.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Bulgaria read by Prof Nikolai Zhelev.

Burkina Faso: Pousbila Salome Zounjrana2012061520120615 (RS)

Cattle-count is an anonymous poem from Burkina Faso. Our reader Pousbila Salome Zounjrana recalls looking after her own cow as a child growing up in Burkina Faso but is now training to be a nurse in London.

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

Burkina Faso: Pousbila Salome Zounjrana2012061520120615 (RS)

Cattle-count is an anonymous poem from Burkina Faso. Our reader Pousbila Salome Zounjrana recalls looking after her own cow as a child growing up in Burkina Faso but is now training to be a nurse in London.

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

Burundi: Bernisse Shemaza20120519

The poem for Burundi, Come and live with me by David Shook and Claude Nikondeha, advocates peace in a country with a history of unrest and is read by Bernisse Shemaza, who came to Scotland with her children and works as a supply teacher for maths.

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

Burundi: Bernisse Shemaza20120519

The poem for Burundi, Come and live with me by David Shook and Claude Nikondeha, advocates peace in a country with a history of unrest and is read by Bernisse Shemaza, who came to Scotland with her children and works as a supply teacher for maths.

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

Burundi: Bernisse Shemaza20120627

The poem for Burundi, Come and live with me by Diomède Niyonzima, advocates peace in a country with a history of unrest and was translated by David Shook and Claude Nikondeha. The poem is read by Bernisse Shemaza, who came to Scotland with her children and works as a supply teacher for maths.

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

Burundi: Bernisse Shemaza20120627

The poem for Burundi, Come and live with me by Diomède Niyonzima, advocates peace in a country with a history of unrest and was translated by David Shook and Claude Nikondeha. The poem is read by Bernisse Shemaza, who came to Scotland with her children and works as a supply teacher for maths.

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

Cameroon: Dieny Itoe20120731

The Free Bird by Claude-Joseph M'bafou-Zetebeg is a poem for Cameroon translated by Veronique Tadjo and read by Dieny Itoe who lives in Glasgow.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Cameroon read by Dieny Itoe.

China: Jie Chen20120808

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from China is read by Jie Chen, and is from Living in the Hills:

Impromptu Verses, written by Wang Wei

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from China read by Jie Chen.

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from China is read by Jie Chen, and is from Living in the Hills:

Impromptu Verses, written by Wang Wei

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from China read by Jie Chen.

Comoros: Abdulsamad Abdulrahim20120724

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from Comoros read by Abdulsamad Abdulrahim.

Comoros: Abdulsamad Abdulrahim20120724

My High-prowed Sailing-boat by Amir Mounib describes the traditional boat crafted by the people of the island of Comoros in the Indian Ocean. The poem was translated by Stephen Gray and is read by Abdulsamad Abdulrahim who is studying for a degree in International Relations and Business in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Congo: Berthe Patricia Blanche20120718

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

Congo: Berthe Patricia Blanche20120718

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

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the Cook Islands read by Memory Cliff.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the Cook Islands read by Memory Cliff.

Croatia: Ksenija Horvat20120622

The Ice-Wolf recreates a childhood fear of the winter wolves and was written in 1935 by Croatian poet Dragutin Tadijanovic. The poem was translated by Edward Goy and Dennis Ward and is read by Croatian Ksenija Horvat who lectures in theatre history at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

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

Croatia: Ksenija Horvat20120622

The Ice-Wolf recreates a childhood fear of the winter wolves and was written in 1935 by Croatian poet Dragutin Tadijanovic. The poem was translated by Edward Goy and Dennis Ward and is read by Croatian Ksenija Horvat who lectures in theatre history at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

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

Cuba: Alejanbro De La Torre20120709

The power of a Caribbean cyclone is depicted in Nicolas Guillen's poem for Cuba. Cyclone was translated by Robert Marquez and is read by Cuban Alejanbro De la Torre, a rail worker in Edinburgh.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library to create a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Cuba: Alejanbro De La Torre20120709

The power of a Caribbean cyclone is depicted in Nicolas Guillen's poem for Cuba. Cyclone was translated by Robert Marquez and is read by Cuban Alejanbro De la Torre, a rail worker in Edinburgh.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library to create 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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Cyprus read by Ourania Panayi.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Cyprus read by Ourania Panayi.

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

Czech Republic: Martin Fell20120525

Alphabet is by Czech poet Miroslav Holub. The poem is read by Martin Fell, who is half-Czech and runs Tchai-Ovna, a Czech Tea Shop in Glasgow.

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

Czech Republic: Martin Fell20120525

Alphabet is by Czech poet Miroslav Holub. The poem is read by Martin Fell, who is half-Czech and runs Tchai-Ovna, a Czech Tea Shop in Glasgow.

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

Denmark: Tina Steenberg20120318

Capturing the spirit of the Dane, the poem for Denmark is more and more Danes by Morten Sondergaard, read by Danish beauty therapist Tina Steenberg.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Denmark read by Tina Steenberg.

Denmark: Tina Steenberg20120318

Capturing the spirit of the Dane, the poem for Denmark is more and more Danes by Morten Sondergaard, read by Danish beauty therapist Tina Steenberg.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Denmark read by Tina Steenberg.

Djibouti: Ismael Ali20120725

Desire by Abdourahman A Waberi is a poem from Djibouti translated by Patrick Williamson and read by Ismael Ali, who is living in the UK with his family and working as a bus driver.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Djibouti read by Ismael Ali.

Djibouti: Ismael Ali20120725

Desire by Abdourahman A Waberi is a poem from Djibouti translated by Patrick Williamson and read by Ismael Ali, who is living in the UK with his family and working as a bus driver.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Djibouti read by Ismael Ali.

Dominican Republic: Kabir Syed Castro2012061420120614 (RS)

Find Work by Rhina P Espaillat epitomises the strong work ethic of those from the Dominican Republic. The poem is read by 19 year old performing arts student Kabir Syed Castro who lives in London.

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

Dominican Republic: Kabir Syed Castro2012061420120614 (RS)

Find Work by Rhina P Espaillat epitomises the strong work ethic of those from the Dominican Republic. The poem is read by 19 year old performing arts student Kabir Syed Castro who lives in London.

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

Ecuador: Rodin Gonzaga20120630

The Weathercock of the Cathedral of Quito by J Carrera Andrade breathes life into this Ecuadorian weathervane. The poem was translated into English by Thomas Merton and is read by Rodin Gonzaga.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World; the BBC in partnership with the Scotttish Poetry Library to create a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Ecuador: Rodin Gonzaga20120630

The Weathercock of the Cathedral of Quito by J Carrera Andrade breathes life into this Ecuadorian weathervane. The poem was translated into English by Thomas Merton and is read by Rodin Gonzaga.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World; the BBC in partnership with the Scotttish Poetry Library to create a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

El Salvador: Carlos Marrequin20120706

The heat seeps from every word in Gilberto Gonzalez Y Contreras' poem Calor which translates as heat. The poem is read by dentist Carlos Marrequin who is working for a rail company in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

El Salvador: Carlos Marrequin20120706

The heat seeps from every word in Gilberto Gonzalez Y Contreras' poem Calor which translates as heat. The poem is read by dentist Carlos Marrequin who is working for a rail company in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

El Salvador: Carlos Marroquin20120520

The intense heat of El Salvador radiates from Giberto Gonzalez y Contreras' poem 'Heat' read by Carlos Marroquin, a dentist from El Salvador. Carlos is looking forward to performing in the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Games.

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

El Salvador: Carlos Marroquin20120520

The intense heat of El Salvador radiates from Giberto Gonzalez y Contreras' poem 'Heat' read by Carlos Marroquin, a dentist from El Salvador. Carlos is looking forward to performing in the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Games.

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.

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.

Eritrea: Mekenon Zeru20120406

One of Eritrea's biggest exports is salt and yet Eritreans often overlook its role in food and praise the pepper instead. Unjust Praise by Ghirmai Yohannes is read by Eritrean translator Mekenon Zeru who works for the Scottish Refugee Council. The poem was translated by Charles Cantalupo and Ghirmai Negash.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Eritrea read by Mekenon Zeru.

Eritrea: Mekenon Zeru20120406

One of Eritrea's biggest exports is salt and yet Eritreans often overlook its role in food and praise the pepper instead. Unjust Praise by Ghirmai Yohannes is read by Eritrean translator Mekenon Zeru who works for the Scottish Refugee Council. The poem was translated by Charles Cantalupo and Ghirmai Negash.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Eritrea read by Mekenon Zeru.

Estonia: Mari Juhasoo20120515
Estonia: Mari Juhasoo20120515
Ethiopia: Tsehay Amha20120517

The poem for Ethiopia, The road to nowhere by Bewketu Seyoum, questions the purpose of our busy lives. The poem is read by Ethiopian interpreter Tsehay Amha who lives in London.

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

Ethiopia: Tsehay Amha20120517

The poem for Ethiopia, The road to nowhere by Bewketu Seyoum, questions the purpose of our busy lives. The poem is read by Ethiopian interpreter Tsehay Amha who lives in London.

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

Fiji: Jone Tuiwaiwai20120620

Tern by Sudesh Mishra is the poem for Fiji, the stillness only broken by the repetitive diving of a bird. The poem is read by Fijian Jone Tuiwaiwai who has lived in the UK since 2002 and is in the first battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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

Fiji: Jone Tuiwaiwai20120620

Tern by Sudesh Mishra is the poem for Fiji, the stillness only broken by the repetitive diving of a bird. The poem is read by Fijian Jone Tuiwaiwai who has lived in the UK since 2002 and is in the first battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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

Fiji: Jone Tuiwaiwai20120710

Tern by Sudesh Mishra is the poem for Fiji, the stillness only broken by the repetitive diving of a bird. The poem is read by Fijian Jone Tuiwaiwai who has lived in the UK since 2002 and is in the first battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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

Fiji: Jone Tuiwaiwai20120710

Tern by Sudesh Mishra is the poem for Fiji, the stillness only broken by the repetitive diving of a bird. The poem is read by Fijian Jone Tuiwaiwai who has lived in the UK since 2002 and is in the first battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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

Finland: Reino Ruusunen20120324

A Finn by Jorma Etto simply sums up a Finn. The poem is read by Reino Ruusunen, originally from Finland but who worked in the oil industry for over thirty years and has made his home in Falkirk.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Finland read by Reino Ruusunen.

Finland: Reino Ruusunen20120324

A Finn by Jorma Etto simply sums up a Finn. The poem is read by Reino Ruusunen, originally from Finland but who worked in the oil industry for over thirty years and has made his home in Falkirk.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Finland read by Reino Ruusunen.

Gambia: Dood Lette20120719

Parachute Men Say... by Lenrie Peters is a poem from Gambia which reflects the human experience of risk-taking. It is read by Gambian Dood Lette, the bookings manager for the band African Roots Fusion Band, based in Birmingham

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Gambia: Dood Lette20120719

Parachute Men Say... by Lenrie Peters is a poem from Gambia which reflects the human experience of risk-taking. It is read by Gambian Dood Lette, the bookings manager for the band African Roots Fusion Band, based in Birmingham

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Georgia: Tamara Russell20120618

Circle and Rectangle by Maya Sarishvili sees the simplicity of life through a child's eyes. This Georgian poem was translated by Donald Rayfield and is read by Tamara Russell who works in banking in Edinburgh.

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

Georgia: Tamara Russell20120618

Circle and Rectangle by Maya Sarishvili sees the simplicity of life through a child's eyes. This Georgian poem was translated by Donald Rayfield and is read by Tamara Russell who works in banking in Edinburgh.

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

Ghana: Gameli Torzdro20120322

Having a roof over your head is not something taken for granted in Ghana. Tin Roof by Nii Ayikwei Parkes is read by Ghanian Gameli Torzdro who is Director of Pan African Arts in Glasgow.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Ghana, read by Gameli Torzdro.

Ghana: Gameli Torzdro20120322

Having a roof over your head is not something taken for granted in Ghana. Tin Roof by Nii Ayikwei Parkes is read by Ghanian Gameli Torzdro who is Director of Pan African Arts in Glasgow.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Ghana, read by Gameli Torzdro.

Greece: Michael Barbaris20120424

The poem for Greece, I Want to be Buried in Chafteia, is about living, and knowing you want to die, in the city of Athens. Written by Michalis Ghanas, translated by David Ricks and read by cinematographer Michael Barbaris from Athens.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Greece read by Michael Barbaris.

Greece: Michael Barbaris20120424

The poem for Greece, I Want to be Buried in Chafteia, is about living, and knowing you want to die, in the city of Athens. Written by Michalis Ghanas, translated by David Ricks and read by cinematographer Michael Barbaris from Athens.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Greece read by Michael Barbaris.

Grenada: Shirley Martin2012060520120605 (RS)

Shirley Martin from Grenada brings this Grenadine island in the Caribbean to life in her reading of Multiculture Abroad by Merle Collins.

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

Grenada: Shirley Martin2012060520120605 (RS)

Shirley Martin from Grenada brings this Grenadine island in the Caribbean to life in her reading of Multiculture Abroad by Merle Collins.

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

Guam: Tatsuya Liu20120703

A selection of Chamorro poems, traditional verse forms from Guam, unique to the country and a dying art. Collated by Laura Souter and read by Tatsuya Liu, a student of MA International Studies & Diplomacy at School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library to create a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Guam: Tatsuya Liu20120703

A selection of Chamorro poems, traditional verse forms from Guam, unique to the country and a dying art. Collated by Laura Souter and read by Tatsuya Liu, a student of MA International Studies & Diplomacy at School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library to create a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Guatemala: Sammy J Garcia20120411

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

Sammy J. Garcia grew up in Guatemala. He reads 'Houses of Adobe' by Humberto Ak'ab'al translated by Rosemary Burnett.

Sammy J Garcia from Guatemala reads Houses of Adobe by Humberto Ak'abal.

Guatemala: Sammy J Garcia20120411

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

Sammy J. Garcia grew up in Guatemala. He reads 'Houses of Adobe' by Humberto Ak'ab'al translated by Rosemary Burnett.

Sammy J Garcia from Guatemala reads Houses of Adobe by Humberto Ak'abal.

Guinea Bissau: Nelson De Oliveria Campos20120715

Regresso by Amilcar Cabral captures the rain falling on Cape Verde although Cabral is from Guinea Bissau. The poem is read by Nelson de Oliveira Campos, a trained Afro-Latin Dance teacher from Guinea Bissau now teaching in London.

Amilcar Cabral was seen as both a poet and a freedom fighter for Guinea Bissau, which gained it's independence in the 1970s.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a collaboration with the BBC and The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Guinea Bissau: Nelson De Oliveria Campos20120715

Regresso by Amilcar Cabral captures the rain falling on Cape Verde although Cabral is from Guinea Bissau. The poem is read by Nelson de Oliveira Campos, a trained Afro-Latin Dance teacher from Guinea Bissau now teaching in London.

Amilcar Cabral was seen as both a poet and a freedom fighter for Guinea Bissau, which gained it's independence in the 1970s.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a collaboration with the BBC and The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Guyana: Myrtle Peterkin20120314

Reading the poem for Guyana is retired haemotologist Myrtle Peterkin who lives in Glasgow. Myrtle left Guyana to pursue her medical studies and is delighted to share this poem about her homeland with the nation.

Guyana: Myrtle Peterkin20120314

Reading the poem for Guyana is retired haemotologist Myrtle Peterkin who lives in Glasgow. Myrtle left Guyana to pursue her medical studies and is delighted to share this poem about her homeland with the nation.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World brings worldwide poetry to the airwaves with a poem to capture the spirit of every nation competing at the 2012 Games. Radio Scotland will broadcast a daily poem, written by a poet from each of the 205 countries and read by natives now living in the UK. The poems showcase the unique flavour of the people, history, landscapes, customs or cultures of all the competing nations and create a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Guyana read by Myrtle Peterkin.

Haiti: Anonce Edmond20120527

Declaration Paysanne translated as The Peasant Declares His Love by Emile Roumer is a luscious love poem from Haiti translated by John Peale Bishop and read by Haitian Anonce Edward, a dental nurse by training who currently works in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

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

Haiti: Anonce Edmond20120527

Declaration Paysanne translated as The Peasant Declares His Love by Emile Roumer is a luscious love poem from Haiti translated by John Peale Bishop and read by Haitian Anonce Edward, a dental nurse by training who currently works in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

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

Honduras: Alessandra Lopez20120628

City of Beggar Children by Roberto Sosa highlights the poverty still found in Honduras today. The poem is read by Alessandro Lopez who is studying to be a pastry chef in London.

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

Honduras: Alessandra Lopez20120628

City of Beggar Children by Roberto Sosa highlights the poverty still found in Honduras today. The poem is read by Alessandro Lopez who is studying to be a pastry chef in London.

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

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.

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.

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

Hungary: Andrea Kis20120404

Hungary's poem by the famous twentieth century Hungarian poet Attila Jozsef recognises the hard-working efforts of his mother. The poem is read by Hungarian Andrea Kis who works for one of the UK's leading charities.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Hungary read by Andrea Kis.

Hungary: Andrea Kis20120404

Hungary's poem by the famous twentieth century Hungarian poet Attila Jozsef recognises the hard-working efforts of his mother. The poem is read by Hungarian Andrea Kis who works for one of the UK's leading charities.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Hungary read by Andrea Kis.

Iceland: Kristin Hannesdottir20120413

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

Architect Kristin Hannesdottir from Iceland reads 'Husafell in Late Summer' by Gyrdir Eliasson. The poem was translated by Bernard Scudder.

Kristin Hannesdottir from Iceland reads Gyrdir Eliasson's poem Husafell in Late Summer.

Iceland: Kristin Hannesdottir20120413

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

Architect Kristin Hannesdottir from Iceland reads 'Husafell in Late Summer' by Gyrdir Eliasson. The poem was translated by Bernard Scudder.

Kristin Hannesdottir from Iceland reads Gyrdir Eliasson's poem Husafell in Late Summer.

India: Lalitha Natarajan20120315

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

A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

India: Lalitha Natarajan20120315

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

A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Iran: Banafsheh Varasteh20120403

Some words are tricky to translate and in the poem for Iran by Mimi Khalvati, the Farsi word 'saheb-del' is one such word. An Iranian Professor is read by Banafsheh Varasteh.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Iran read by Banafsheh Varasteh.

Iran: Banafsheh Varasteh20120403

Some words are tricky to translate and in the poem for Iran by Mimi Khalvati, the Farsi word 'saheb-del' is one such word. An Iranian Professor is read by Banafsheh Varasteh.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Iran read by Banafsheh Varasteh.

Iraq: Zuhal Sultan20120325

'My Apologies' by Buland Al-Haidari speaks about the treasures that Baghdad once had but which now seem to be nothing more than myth. The poem for Iraq is read by Baghdad-born Zuhal Sultan who came to Scotland in 2009 to pursue her studies.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Iraq is read by Zuhal Sultan.

Iraq: Zuhal Sultan20120325

'My Apologies' by Buland Al-Haidari speaks about the treasures that Baghdad once had but which now seem to be nothing more than myth. The poem for Iraq is read by Baghdad-born Zuhal Sultan who came to Scotland in 2009 to pursue her studies.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Iraq is read by Zuhal Sultan.

Ireland: Simon Lyons20120328

The Irish tradition of handing stories down through the generations is captured in Matthew Sweeney's poem In the Garden read by Marketing and Communications Director Simon Lyons.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Ireland read by Simon Lyons.

Ireland: Simon Lyons20120328

The Irish tradition of handing stories down through the generations is captured in Matthew Sweeney's poem In the Garden read by Marketing and Communications Director Simon Lyons.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Ireland read by Simon Lyons.

Italy: Sonia Sartore20120429

The Dream of the Mother by Stefano Del Bianco captures a snapshot of the Italian madre and is read by Italian Sonia Sartore who teaches Italian in Edinburgh. The poem was translated by Gabriele Poole.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Italy read by Sonia Sartore.

Italy: Sonia Sartore20120429

The Dream of the Mother by Stefano Del Bianco captures a snapshot of the Italian madre and is read by Italian Sonia Sartore who teaches Italian in Edinburgh. The poem was translated by Gabriele Poole.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Italy read by Sonia Sartore.

Ivory Coast: Souleymane N'diaye20120705

The Death of Old Men highlights the loss of knowledge when the older generations pass away in the Ivory Coast due to the important role which oral traditions play in the country. The poem was written anonymously and is read by Souleymane N'diaye.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Ivory Coast: Souleymane N'diaye20120705

The Death of Old Men highlights the loss of knowledge when the older generations pass away in the Ivory Coast due to the important role which oral traditions play in the country. The poem was written anonymously and is read by Souleymane N'diaye.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Japan: Mio Shapley20120422

Two Tokyos by Shuntarō Tanikawa captures the enormity of the city and yet the lonliness that can come from being in a crowded metropolis. The poem is read by Japanese harpist and storyteller Mio Shapley.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Japan read by Mio Shapley.

Japan: Mio Shapley20120422

Two Tokyos by Shuntarō Tanikawa captures the enormity of the city and yet the lonliness that can come from being in a crowded metropolis. The poem is read by Japanese harpist and storyteller Mio Shapley.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Japan read by Mio Shapley.

Kazakhstan: Almat Zhantikin20120629

Kazakhstan in summer is beautifully evoked in the poem 'Summer' by Abai Kunanbaev read by Almat Zhantikin who is studying mathematics at Oxford University.

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

Kazakhstan: Almat Zhantikin20120629

Kazakhstan in summer is beautifully evoked in the poem 'Summer' by Abai Kunanbaev read by Almat Zhantikin who is studying mathematics at Oxford University.

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

Kenya: Mukami Mccrum20120428

Kenya's poem recognises the generational link between mothers and daughters in Mwana Kupona binti Msham's poem. Kenyan Mukami McCrum reads from 'Poem to her Daughter' translated from the Swahili by J.W. Allen, adapted by Deirdre Lashgari. Mukami works for the Scottish Government in the Gender Equality Team.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Kenya read by Mukami McCrum.

Kenya: Mukami Mccrum20120428

Kenya's poem recognises the generational link between mothers and daughters in Mwana Kupona binti Msham's poem. Kenyan Mukami McCrum reads from 'Poem to her Daughter' translated from the Swahili by J.W. Allen, adapted by Deirdre Lashgari. Mukami works for the Scottish Government in the Gender Equality Team.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Kenya read by Mukami McCrum.

Kiribati: Tabera Ewurum20120711

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

Kiribati: Tabera Ewurum20120711

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

Latvia: Silvia Sulce20120427

The colours of the landscape of Latvia are captured in Inga Abele's poem In the North translated by Inara Cedrins and read by Latvian Silvia Sulce who is living in Edinburgh and working as a barista before going on to study.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Latvia read by Silvia Sulce.

Latvia: Silvia Sulce20120427

The colours of the landscape of Latvia are captured in Inga Abele's poem In the North translated by Inara Cedrins and read by Latvian Silvia Sulce who is living in Edinburgh and working as a barista before going on to study.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Latvia read by Silvia Sulce.

Lebanon: Nina Cookson20120412

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

Lebanese born Nina Cookson reads a poem by Venus Khoury-Ghata translated by Marilyn Hacker and talks about her life in Beirut.

Nina Cookson reads a Lebanese poem by Venus Khoury-Ghata.

Lebanon: Nina Cookson20120412

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

Lebanese born Nina Cookson reads a poem by Venus Khoury-Ghata translated by Marilyn Hacker and talks about her life in Beirut.

Nina Cookson reads a Lebanese poem by Venus Khoury-Ghata.

Liechtenstein: Marc Weymann20120730

Free As A Bird by Elizabeth Kaufmann-Buchel is a poem from Liechtenstein read by Marc Weymann who works in London in typeface design and typography.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Liechtenstein, read by Marc Weymann.

Madagascar: Modeste Hugues20120625

The poem for Madagascar is Choice by Flavien Ranaivo. It is read by Modeste Hugues, a full-time musician from Madagascar whose music is heavily influenced by his homeland.

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

Madagascar: Modeste Hugues20120625

The poem for Madagascar is Choice by Flavien Ranaivo. It is read by Modeste Hugues, a full-time musician from Madagascar whose music is heavily influenced by his homeland.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Malawi read by Brave Mnyayi.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Malawi read by Brave Mnyayi.

Malaysia: Sofi Taylor20120401

Memories of a child finding solace in small spaces is captured in Malaysia's poem Modern Secrets by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim and read by Health Care Worker Sofi Taylor.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Malaysia read by Sofi Taylor.

Malaysia: Sofi Taylor20120401

Memories of a child finding solace in small spaces is captured in Malaysia's poem Modern Secrets by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim and read by Health Care Worker Sofi Taylor.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Malaysia read by Sofi Taylor.

Maldives: Zain Shaheed20120725

Realities of Island Life by Farah Didi reveals the two sides of island life on the Maldives for both the tourists and the natives. The poem is read by Zain Shaheed

Maldives: Zain Shaheed20120725

Realities of Island Life by Farah Didi reveals the two sides of island life on the Maldives for both the tourists and the natives. The poem is read by Zain Shaheed.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the Maldives read by Zain Shaheed.

Mali: Aoua Komate2012053120120531 (RS)

A mother's love for her son seeps beautifully from the lines of this poem from Mali, Mon fils, by Fatoumata Sidibe, translated by Janis A Mayes. The poem is read by Aoua Komate, mother to a 7 year old son, who works as Customer Service Assistant for a London Transport Service.

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

Mali: Aoua Komate2012053120120531 (RS)

A mother's love for her son seeps beautifully from the lines of this poem from Mali, Mon fils, by Fatoumata Sidibe, translated by Janis A Mayes. The poem is read by Aoua Komate, mother to a 7 year old son, who works as Customer Service Assistant for a London Transport Service.

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

Malta: Carmen Dykes2012061320120613 (RS)

Malta's Sea by Anton Buttigieg is translated by Francis Ebejer and read by Carmen Dykes, who married a British serviceman stationed in Malta and is retired and lives in Abingdon.

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

Malta: Carmen Dykes2012061320120613 (RS)

Malta's Sea by Anton Buttigieg is translated by Francis Ebejer and read by Carmen Dykes, who married a British serviceman stationed in Malta and is retired and lives in Abingdon.

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

Mauritania: Mohammed20120717

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

Mauritania: Mohammed20120717

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

Mauritius: Vanita Dowlul20120319

As the Child Looks on by Saradha Soobrayen is the poem for Mauritius capturing both the strength of the mother and the spirit of the child, read by Vanita Dowlul.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Mauritius read by Vanita Dowlul.

Mauritius: Vanita Dowlul20120319

As the Child Looks on by Saradha Soobrayen is the poem for Mauritius capturing both the strength of the mother and the spirit of the child, read by Vanita Dowlul.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Mauritius read by Vanita Dowlul.

Mexico: Evelyn Arizpe20120321

The poem for Mexico is Far Off Settlements by Carol Bracho which paints a picture of distant villages dotted across the landscape of rural Mexico. The poem is read by Evelyn Arizpe who works at the School of Education at Glasgow University.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Mexico, read by Evelyn Arizpe.

Mexico: Evelyn Arizpe20120321

The poem for Mexico is Far Off Settlements by Carol Bracho which paints a picture of distant villages dotted across the landscape of rural Mexico. The poem is read by Evelyn Arizpe who works at the School of Education at Glasgow University.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Mexico, read by Evelyn Arizpe.

Mongolia: Altannavch Murray2012060820120608 (RS)

Long-held traditions and the way of life in Mongolia are painted in The Way of the World by Mend-Ooyo. The poem was translated by Simon Wickham-Smith and is read by Altannavch Murray, who works as an interpreter in London.

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

Mongolia: Altannavch Murray2012060820120608 (RS)

Long-held traditions and the way of life in Mongolia are painted in The Way of the World by Mend-Ooyo. The poem was translated by Simon Wickham-Smith and is read by Altannavch Murray, who works as an interpreter in London.

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

Namibia : Reinhold Kamati20120621

Mvula Ya Nangolo was exiled from Namibia and writes about his love for his homeland in the poem Namibia read by Reinhold Kamati who lives in Glasgow.

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

Namibia : Reinhold Kamati20120621

Mvula Ya Nangolo was exiled from Namibia and writes about his love for his homeland in the poem Namibia read by Reinhold Kamati who lives in Glasgow.

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

Nepal: Bidur Khanal20120417

The beauty of Nepal's striking landscape is reflected in It's a Mineral, the Mind by Mohan Koirala, translated by Michael James Hutt. The poem is read by Bidur Khanal, a researcher in the aeronautics engineering department at Oxford University.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Nepal read by Bidur Khanal.

Nepal: Bidur Khanal20120417

The beauty of Nepal's striking landscape is reflected in It's a Mineral, the Mind by Mohan Koirala, translated by Michael James Hutt. The poem is read by Bidur Khanal, a researcher in the aeronautics engineering department at Oxford University.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Nepal read by Bidur Khanal.

New Zealand: Stephanie Hutchinson20120327

A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games. The poem for New Zealand is by Adrian Croucher and read by Stephanie Hutchinson.

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from New Zealand, read by Stephanie Hutchinson.

New Zealand: Stephanie Hutchinson20120327

The poem for New Zealand is by Adrian Croucher and read by Stephanie Hutchinson.

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from New Zealand, read by Stephanie Hutchinson.

Nicaragua: Carmen Barreda20120730

From Nicaragua, Manuscript in a Bottle by Pablo Antonio Cuadra was translated by Grace Schulman and Ann McCarthy de Zazala and is read by Carmen Barreda who works for a postal service company in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Nicaragua read by Carmen Barreda.

Nigeria: Chucks Iwuagwu20120320

Celebrating the arrival of rain, Nigeria's poem Raindrum by Niyi Osundare is read by Nigerian Priest Chucks Iwuagwu of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Nigeria read by Chucks Iwuagwu.

Nigeria: Chucks Iwuagwu20120320

Celebrating the arrival of rain, Nigeria's poem Raindrum by Niyi Osundare is read by Nigerian Priest Chucks Iwuagwu of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Nigeria read by Chucks Iwuagwu.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Norway read by Kirsti Dinnis.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Norway read by Kirsti Dinnis.

Oman: Yusra Al-ismaily20120430

Music by Saif al-Rahbi is the poem for Oman translated by Abdulla al-Harrasi and read by Yusra Al-Ismaily, who works for the Oman Embassy and lives in Winchester.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Oman read by Yusra Al-Ismaily.

Oman: Yusra Al-ismaily20120430

Music by Saif al-Rahbi is the poem for Oman translated by Abdulla al-Harrasi and read by Yusra Al-Ismaily, who works for the Oman Embassy and lives in Winchester.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Oman read by Yusra Al-Ismaily.

Pakistan: Maha20120426

The poem for Pakistan is The Sari by Moniza Alvi. The poet was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and came to England when she was a few months old. The Sari portrays a beautiful image of her connection with the country of her birth even while not growing up there.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Pakistan and read by Maha.

Pakistan: Maha20120426

The poem for Pakistan is The Sari by Moniza Alvi. The poet was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and came to England when she was a few months old. The Sari portrays a beautiful image of her connection with the country of her birth even while not growing up there.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Pakistan and read by Maha.

Palestine: Iyad Hayatleh20120723

Palestine's poem is Seeds in Flight by Khaled Abdallah. It is translated by Sara Vaghefian and The Poetry Translation Workshop and read by Iyad Hayatleh, a Palestinian poet who was born in a refugee camp in Syria and now lives in Glasgow.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Palestine read by Iyad Hayatleh.

Peru: Valeria Cardozo20120501

The echoes of Peruvian laughter are captured in the poem for Peru thanks to the paw-prints of a dog. Laughter, by Jose Watanabe, was translated by CA de Lomellini and David Tipton and is read by Valeria Cardozo who is working in Glasgow for a global company based in Peru.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Peru read by Valeria Cardozo.

Peru: Valeria Cardozo20120501

The echoes of Peruvian laughter are captured in the poem for Peru thanks to the paw-prints of a dog. Laughter, by Jose Watanabe, was translated by CA de Lomellini and David Tipton and is read by Valeria Cardozo who is working in Glasgow for a global company based in Peru.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Peru read by Valeria Cardozo.

Portugal: Anna Maria Maguire20120419

Portugese Sea by Fernando Pessoa taps into the everpresent dangers of the seas beyond Portugal. The poem was translated by Richard Zenith and is read by Portugese Ana Maria Maguire.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Portugal read by Ana Maria Maguire.

Portugal: Anna Maria Maguire20120419

Portugese Sea by Fernando Pessoa taps into the everpresent dangers of the seas beyond Portugal. The poem was translated by Richard Zenith and is read by Portugese Ana Maria Maguire.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Portugal read by Ana Maria Maguire.

Puerto Rico: Joseph Maldonado20120723

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.So Much for Manana by Judith Ortiz Cofer reveals a calling back to the island for many Puerto Ricans. The poem is read by Joseph Maldonado, a doctor, currently doing further study at Oxford.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Puerto Rico read by Joseph Maldonado.

Qatar: Sara Al-mushairi20120604

Modernity in the Desert by Soad Al Kuwari reminds us that the desert of Qatar has always been there despite the modernisation of the country. The poem was translated by Sara Al-Qatami with Patty Paine and is read by Sara Al-mushairi, the 16 year old daughter of a Qatar diplomat in London.

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

Qatar: Sara Al-mushairi20120604

Modernity in the Desert by Soad Al Kuwari reminds us that the desert of Qatar has always been there despite the modernisation of the country. The poem was translated by Sara Al-Qatami with Patty Paine and is read by Sara Al-mushairi, the 16 year old daughter of a Qatar diplomat in London.

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

Romania: Carmen Wright20120402

Holidays by Ioana Ieronim recognises the love and care put into handmade gifts for friends and family sent throughout Romania. The poem is read by book antiquarian Carman Wright.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Romania read by Carmen Wright.

Romania: Carmen Wright20120402

Holidays by Ioana Ieronim recognises the love and care put into handmade gifts for friends and family sent throughout Romania. The poem is read by book antiquarian Carman Wright.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Romania read by Carmen Wright.

Russia: Yelena Schellenberg20120317

The vibrant market stalls of Moscow are captured in Selling Watermelons by Andrei Voznesensky read by Yelena Schellenberg.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Russia read by Yelena Schellenberg.

Russia: Yelena Schellenberg20120317

The vibrant market stalls of Moscow are captured in Selling Watermelons by Andrei Voznesensky read by Yelena Schellenberg.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Russia read by Yelena Schellenberg.

Saint Kitts And Nevis: Frankie Barton20120601

Experiencing a hurricane from a child's perspective is captured in Hurricane Georges by Neisha Tweed from Saint Kitts and Nevis and read by Frankie Barton who was born on the island of Nevis and is now a social worker in Elgin.

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

Saint Kitts And Nevis: Frankie Barton20120601

Experiencing a hurricane from a child's perspective is captured in Hurricane Georges by Neisha Tweed from Saint Kitts and Nevis and read by Frankie Barton who was born on the island of Nevis and is now a social worker in Elgin.

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

Samoa: Lawrence Ah Ching20120407

The bat comes to a sticky end in Samoa's poem Flying Fox by Albert Wendt. The poem is read by traditional Samoan Tattoo Artist Lawrence Ah Ching who works in Liverpool and throughout the United Kingdom preserving this ancient art.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Samoa read by Lawrence Ah Ching.

Samoa: Lawrence Ah Ching20120407

The bat comes to a sticky end in Samoa's poem Flying Fox by Albert Wendt. The poem is read by traditional Samoan Tattoo Artist Lawrence Ah Ching who works in Liverpool and throughout the United Kingdom preserving this ancient art.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Samoa read by Lawrence Ah Ching.

Sao Tome And Principe : Adalberto Cravid20120829

Travellers by Conceicao Lima is from the islands of Sao Tome and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea off the West Coast of Africa, read by native islander Adalberto Cravid.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Today's poem is from the islands of Sao Tome and Principe, read by Adalberto Cravid.

Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Althubiani20120418

The sights and smells of Saudi Arabia are captured in Arabian Nights by Nimah Nawwab. 'The call of the hudud' refers to a colourful bird, the Hoopoe, found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers.The poem is read by Abdullah Althubiani who is studying for a PHD in Microbiology in Edinburgh.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, Abdullah Althubiani reads a poem from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Althubiani20120418

The sights and smells of Saudi Arabia are captured in Arabian Nights by Nimah Nawwab. 'The call of the hudud' refers to a colourful bird, the Hoopoe, found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers.The poem is read by Abdullah Althubiani who is studying for a PHD in Microbiology in Edinburgh.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, Abdullah Althubiani reads a poem from Saudi Arabia.

Senegal: Samba Sene20120731

Senegal's poem is an extract from Song for Yacine Mbaye by Leopold Sedar Senghor about the 1974 athlete from Senegal.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Senegal read by Samba Sene.

Serbia: Maya Barcot20120409

Wolf Shadow by Serbian poet Vasko Popa taps into the mystical and the past. The poem was translated by Anne Pennington and Francis R Jones and is read by Serbian actress Maya Barcot.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Serbia read by Maya Barcot.

Serbia: Maya Barcot20120409

Wolf Shadow by Serbian poet Vasko Popa taps into the mystical and the past. The poem was translated by Anne Pennington and Francis R Jones and is read by Serbian actress Maya Barcot.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Serbia read by Maya Barcot.

Seychelles: Michelle Oreddy20120704

Your Country by Antoine Abel sums up the landscape and beauty of Seychelles. The poem was translated by Janis A Mayes and is read by Michelle Oreddy, a bank worker and mother of 3 children who lives in Watford.

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

Seychelles: Michelle Oreddy20120704

Your Country by Antoine Abel sums up the landscape and beauty of Seychelles. The poem was translated by Janis A Mayes and is read by Michelle Oreddy, a bank worker and mother of 3 children who lives in Watford.

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

Singapore: Raine Chong20120405

Echoes by Liang Wern Fook which shows how a simple fragrance can trigger a memory from the past. This poem from Singapore is read by Architecture student Raine Chong.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Singapore read by Raine Chong.

Singapore: Raine Chong20120405

Echoes by Liang Wern Fook which shows how a simple fragrance can trigger a memory from the past. This poem from Singapore is read by Architecture student Raine Chong.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Singapore read by Raine Chong.

South Africa: Candy Watermeyer20120330

'Oom' in Afrikaans translates as 'Uncle' and South Africa's poem Oom Piet by Finuala Dowling recognises the importance of those who look out for others. Read by Candy Watermeyer.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from South Africa read by Candy Watermeyer.

South Africa: Candy Watermeyer20120330

'Oom' in Afrikaans translates as 'Uncle' and South Africa's poem Oom Piet by Finuala Dowling recognises the importance of those who look out for others. Read by Candy Watermeyer.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from South Africa read by Candy Watermeyer.

South Korea20120502

The River Han is one of South Korea's major rivers and the subject of Christopher's River by Ku Sang. The poem for South Korea is translated by Brother Anthony of Taiz and read by Seohyung Kim who is just finishing a masters in Anthropology at Oxford University.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from South Korea read by Seohyung Kim.

South Korea20120502

The River Han is one of South Korea's major rivers and the subject of Christopher's River by Ku Sang. The poem for South Korea is translated by Brother Anthony of Taiz and read by Seohyung Kim who is just finishing a masters in Anthropology at Oxford University.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from South Korea read by Seohyung Kim.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Sri Lanka read by Dee Rajathelakan.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Sri Lanka read by Dee Rajathelakan.

Sudan: Mawahib El Tahir20120809

Celebrating poetry worldwide, this poem from Sudan called Uncle Abdur-Raheem by Mohamed Al-Hassan Hummaid is read by Mawahib El Tahir

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

Sweden: Torvald Colliander20120523

A watchful otter lives alongside Swedish children in this poem by Swedish Nobel Prize winner for Literature Harry Martinson. Winter Piece was translated by William Jay Smith and Leif Sjöberg and is read by Torvald Colliander, the Consulate General of Sweden in Edinburgh.

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

Sweden: Torvald Colliander20120523

A watchful otter lives alongside Swedish children in this poem by Swedish Nobel Prize winner for Literature Harry Martinson. Winter Piece was translated by William Jay Smith and Leif Sjöberg and is read by Torvald Colliander, the Consulate General of Sweden in Edinburgh.

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

Taiwan: Olive Huang20120810

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Taiwan read by Olive Huang.

Taiwan: Olive Huang20120810

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Taiwan is read by Olive Huang, it's called

Portrait: Mr Dreamer of Butterflies After a long illness in bed by Chen Yuhong

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

Tajikistan: Barakatullo Ashurov20120901

Celebrating poetry worldwide, a poem from Tajikistan read by Barakatullo Ashurov.

Tajikistan: Barakatullo Ashurov20120901

From Tajikistan, Flute Player by Farzaneh Khojandi describes the bazaar at Khojand and is read by Tajikistan student Barakatullo Ashurov.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Tanzania: Saida Mulima20120712

Evening Tea by Euphrase Kezilahabi marks the passing of time recalling the hopes and dreams of the young and acceptance of age. The literal translation of the poem is by Katriina Ranne, final translation by The Poetry Translation Workshop. It is read by Tanzanian Saida Mulima, a mother who lives in Birmingham.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Tanzania: Saida Mulima20120712

Evening Tea by Euphrase Kezilahabi marks the passing of time recalling the hopes and dreams of the young and acceptance of age. The literal translation of the poem is by Katriina Ranne, final translation by The Poetry Translation Workshop. It is read by Tanzanian Saida Mulima, a mother who lives in Birmingham.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, 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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Thailand read by Eis D'Anna.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Thailand read by Eis D'Anna.

The Netherlands: Martijn Kaan20120316

Capturing the Dutch landscape, the poem for The Netherlands is Memories of Holland by Hendrik Marsman, read by Martijn Kaan.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from The Netherlands, read by Martijn Kaan.

The Netherlands: Martijn Kaan20120316

Capturing the Dutch landscape, the poem for The Netherlands is Memories of Holland by Hendrik Marsman, read by Martijn Kaan.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from The Netherlands, read by Martijn Kaan.

The Poetry 2012 Poem: William Letford20120909

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, capturing a poem from every nation taking part in the 2012 Games. 'Every line is imaginary' is Scottish Poet William Letford's commission to mark its completion.

A BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

The Poetry 2012 Poem: William Letford20120909

Scottish poet William Letford performs his commissioned poem to celebrate Poetry 2012.

Timor Leste: Luis Corte-real20120829

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Timor Leste is read by Luis Corte-Real. It is called Grandfather Crocodile by Zanana Gusmao

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Timor Leste read by Luis Corte-Real.

Togo: Sena Ounate-lare20120609

Thank You for Being a Woman by Jémima Fiadjoe-Prince Agbodjan is read by Togo missionary Sena Ounate-Lare who has been working in Togo with his British wife, but now lives in Suffolk so their children get a flavour of life in Britain too.

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

Togo: Sena Ounate-lare20120609

Thank You for Being a Woman by Jémima Fiadjoe-Prince Agbodjan is read by Togo missionary Sena Ounate-Lare who has been working in Togo with his British wife, but now lives in Suffolk so their children get a flavour of life in Britain too.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Tonga read by Elsie Fukofuka.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Tonga read by Elsie Fukofuka.

Trinidad And Tobago: Karen Campbell20120410

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

Cricket enthusiast Karen Campbell from Trinidad & Tobago reads Faustin Charles' poem 'Viv' written in memory of Viv Richards. The poem was translated by Gerard Benson, Judith Cheraik and Cicely Herbert.

Karen Campbell from Trinidad and Tobago reads Faustin Charles' poem Viv.

Trinidad And Tobago: Karen Campbell20120410

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

Cricket enthusiast Karen Campbell from Trinidad and Tobago reads Faustin Charles' poem 'Viv' written in memory of Viv Richards. The poem was translated by Gerard Benson, Judith Cheraik and Cicely Herbert.

Karen Campbell from Trinidad and Tobago reads Faustin Charles' poem Viv.

Tunisia: Kamel Mnisri20120606

The Desert by Al-Munsif al-Wahaybi recalls a time when the people of Tunisia belonged to the desert. Translated by Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye and read by Kamel Mnisri who works as a freelance lecturer in management and business studies and lives in Glasgow with his wife and two children.

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

Tunisia: Kamel Mnisri2012060620120606 (RS)

The Desert by Al-Munsif al-Wahaybi recalls a time when the people of Tunisia belonged to the desert. Translated by Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye and read by Kamel Mnisri who works as a freelance lecturer in management and business studies and lives in Glasgow with his wife and two children.

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

Tuvalu: Suliana Barber20120820

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Tuvalu read by Suliana Barber.

Tuvalu: Suliana Barber20120820

For a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, 'Salt' by Selina Tusitala Marsh seems an appropriate choice of poem. The poem is read by Tuvaluan Suliana Barber.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Uganda: Marie Solome20120701
Uganda: Marie Solome20120701

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

Uruguay: Carla Bertelloti2012053020120530 (RS)

In Fields of Sleepdreaming captures the vast rural landscape of Uruguay and is written by one of the country's best regarded authors and poets, Delmira Agustini. The poem is read by Uruguayan wine importer Carla Bertelloti.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Uruguay read by Carla Bertelloti.

Uruguay: Carla Bertelloti2012053020120530 (RS)

In Fields of Sleepdreaming captures the vast rural landscape of Uruguay and is written by one of the country's best regarded authors and poets, Delmira Agustini. The poem is read by Uruguayan wine importer Carla Bertelloti.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Uruguay read by Carla Bertelloti.

Vanuatu: Sabrina Kalfau2012052920120529 (RS)

Sabrina Kalfau from Vanuatu reads an extract from the poem 'And Then Night Fell' written anonymously but translated by Veronique Tadjo. Sabrina left Vanuatu when she was 12 years old and is now a full-time mum in London.

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

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.

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.

Vietnam: Trang Vuminh20120828

From Vietnam, Grains of Rice by Phan Van Tri is a tribute to Vietnamese peasants as rice growers and defenders of their country. The poem is read by student Trang Vuminh in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Vietnam read by Trang Vuminh.

Yemen: Sarah Ishaq20120420

Mansur Rajih's poem The Fatherland was written in Yemen in 1958 yet resonates with the country and its people today. It was translated by Ren Powell and is read by Scottish-Yemeni film student Sarah Ishaq who made a film documenting the events of March 18 2011 when a protest in the capital Sanaa erupted in violence leaving many dead and wounded. Her film is called Karama Has No Walls.

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

Scottish-Yemeni film student Sarah Ishaq reads Mansur Rajih's poem The Fatherland.

Yemen: Sarah Ishaq20120420

Mansur Rajih's poem The Fatherland was written in Yemen in 1958 yet resonates with the country and its people today. It was translated by Ren Powell and is read by Scottish-Yemeni film student Sarah Ishaq who made a film documenting the events of March 18 2011 when a protest in the capital Sanaa erupted in violence leaving many dead and wounded. Her film is called Karama Has No Walls.

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

Scottish-Yemeni film student Sarah Ishaq reads Mansur Rajih's poem The Fatherland.

Zimbabwe: Tawona Sithole20120323

Learning under the shade of the tree, Zimbabwe's poem The Old School by Tari Mtetwa is read by Zimbabwean writer, poet and musician Tawona Sithole.

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

Celebrating worldwide poetry with a poem from Zimbabwe, read by Tawona Sithole.