Poetry 2012: The Written World [Radio Scotland]

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20120323

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.

20120414

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

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

20120416

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

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

20120421

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

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

20120423

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.

20120425

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

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

20120503

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

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

20120504

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

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

20120510

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

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

20120521

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

20120522

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

20120524

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

20120526

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

2012060220120602 (RS)

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

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

2012060420120604 (RS)

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

2012061020120610 (RS)

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

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

20120616

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

20120623

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

20120624

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

20120702

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

20120714

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

20120720

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

20120721

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

20120722

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

20120723

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

20120726

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 every nation competing at the 2012 Games.

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

20120727

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 every nation competing at the 2012 Games.

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

20120729

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

20120730

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

20120801

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.

20120802

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

20120803

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

20120804

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

20120808

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

20120809

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

20120810

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

20120816

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

20120817

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

20120821

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Laos read by Khanthieng Muongphene.

20120821

On a Stairway in Luang Prabang Granted by Bryan Thao Worra is a poem from Laos about the steps to a temple. Luang Prabang is a city in north central Laos, well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. The poem was translated by Kongkeo Saycocie and is read by Khanthieng Muongphene, a lecturer in engineering from Laos.

20120821

On a Stairway in Luang Prabang Granted by Bryan Thao Worra is a poem from Laos about the steps to a temple. Luang Prabang is a city in north central Laos, well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. The poem was translated by Kongkeo Saycocie and is read by Khanthieng Muongphene, a lecturer in engineering from Laos.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Laos read by Khanthieng Muongphene.

20120824

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

20120825

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

20120829

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 every nation competing at the 2012 Games.

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

20120830

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

20120831

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

20120901

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

20120904

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

20120905

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.

20120906

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

20120907

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 every nation competing at the 2012 Games.

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

20120908

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

20120909

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

02/09/201220120906

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.

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.

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, 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.

Andorra: Keiran Ure20120802

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Andorra read by Keiran Ure.

Andorra: Keiran Ure20120802

From Andorra, the urge to experience life can be stronger than the urge to write as in The Moon and Spring by Teresa Colom. The poem was translated by Anna Crowe and is read by Keiran Ure who grew up in Andorra.

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.

Andorra: Keiran Ure20120802

From Andorra, the urge to experience life can be stronger than the urge to write as in The Moon and Spring by Teresa Colom. The poem was translated by Anna Crowe and is read by Keiran Ure who grew up in Andorra.

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.

From Andorra, the urge to experience life can be stronger than the urge to write as in The Moon and Spring by Teresa Colom. The poem was translated by Anna Crowe and is read by Keiran Ure who grew up in Andorra.

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 Andorra read by Keiran Ure.

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.

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.

Aruba : Lenore Bell20120830

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Aruba read by Lenore Bell.

Aruba : Lenore Bell20120830

From the small island of Aruba in the Southern Carribean Sea, Lenore Bell reads from 'We Continue' by Lasana M Sekou which reflects the linguistic mix on the island and features both English and Spanish in the poem.

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.

Aruba : Lenore Bell20120830

From the small island of Aruba in the Southern Carribean Sea, Lenore Bell reads from 'We Continue' by Lasana M Sekou which reflects the linguistic mix on the island and features both English and Spanish in the poem.

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.

From the small island of Aruba in the Southern Carribean Sea, Lenore Bell reads from 'We Continue' by Lasana M Sekou which reflects the linguistic mix on the island and features both English and Spanish in the poem.

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 Aruba read by Lenore Bell.

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.

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 Gafarli2012061220120612 (RS)

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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

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.

Benin: Diane Flanda20120813

Agoh-o, the Children's Nation by Colette Houéto is a poem from Benin translated by Janis A. Mayes. The poem is read by Diane Flanda, an interpreter and translator 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.

Benin: Diane Flanda20120813

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Benin read by Diane Flanda.

Benin: Diane Flanda20120813

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Benin read by Diane Flanda.

Agoh-o, the Children's Nation by Colette Houéto is a poem from Benin translated by Janis A. Mayes. The poem is read by Diane Flanda, an interpreter and translator 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.

Agoh-o, the Children's Nation by Colette Houéto is a poem from Benin translated by Janis A. Mayes. The poem is read by Diane Flanda, an interpreter and translator 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.

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.

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.

Bolivia: Bibiana Tellez-Garside20120827

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Bolivia read by Bibiana Tellez-Garside.

Bolivia: Bibiana Tellez-Garside20120827

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Bolivia is read by Bibiana Tellez-Garside. It is called

The Yellow House by Maria Soledad Quiroga

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

Bolivia: Bibiana Tellez-Garside20120827

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Bolivia is read by Bibiana Tellez-Garside. It is called

The Yellow House by Maria Soledad Quiroga

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Bolivia is read by Bibiana Tellez-Garside. It is called

The Yellow House by Maria Soledad Quiroga

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 Bolivia read by Bibiana Tellez-Garside.

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.

Botswana: Keitumetse Letsholo20120816

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Botswana read by Keitumetse Letsholo.

Botswana: Keitumetse Letsholo20120816

The Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, but their traditional way of life is under threat in the modern era. 'Bushwoman Stands Here...', by an anonymous poet, captures both the strength and fragility of a Bushwoman standing with her child under a timeless starry sky. It was read, in Edinburgh, by Keitumetse Letsholo

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.

Botswana: Keitumetse Letsholo20120816

The Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, but their traditional way of life is under threat in the modern era. 'Bushwoman Stands Here...', by an anonymous poet, captures both the strength and fragility of a Bushwoman standing with her child under a timeless starry sky. It was read, in Edinburgh, by Keitumetse Letsholo

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.

The Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, but their traditional way of life is under threat in the modern era. 'Bushwoman Stands Here...', by an anonymous poet, captures both the strength and fragility of a Bushwoman standing with her child under a timeless starry sky. It was read, in Edinburgh, by Keitumetse Letsholo

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 Botswana read by Keitumetse Letsholo.

Brazil: Fernanda da Silva20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Brazil, read by Fernanda da Silva.

Brazil: Fernanda da Silva20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Brazil is read by Fernanda da Silva.

It's called Infancy by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

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

Brazil: Fernanda da Silva20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Brazil is read by Fernanda da Silva.

It's called Infancy by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Brazil is read by Fernanda da Silva.

It's called Infancy by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

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 Brazil, read by Fernanda da Silva.

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.

Brunei Darussalam: Tiong Hoo Lim20120726

Adi Rumi's poem from Brunei Darussalam extends a hand to the neighbouring countries hit by the tsunami. The poem is read by Tiong Hoo Lim who is in the UK studying for a Phd.

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.

Brunei Darussalam: Tiong Hoo Lim20120726

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Brunei Darussalam read by Tiong Hoo Lim.

Brunei Darussalam: Tiong Hoo Lim20120726

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Brunei Darussalam read by Tiong Hoo Lim.

Adi Rumi's poem from Brunei Darussalam extends a hand to the neighbouring countries hit by the tsunami. The poem is read by Tiong Hoo Lim who is in the UK studying for a Phd.

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.

Adi Rumi's poem from Brunei Darussalam extends a hand to the neighbouring countries hit by the tsunami. The poem is read by Tiong Hoo Lim who is in the UK studying for a Phd.

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.

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.

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 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.

Cambodia: Rathanaksambath Noun20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Cambodia.

Cambodia: Rathanaksambath Noun20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem is from Cambodia, it's called Bung Kriel (Where the Cranes meet)

by U Sam Ouer and read by Mr. Rathanaksambath Noun

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.

Cambodia: Rathanaksambath Noun20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem is from Cambodia, it's called Bung Kriel (Where the Cranes meet)

by U Sam Ouer and read by Mr. Rathanaksambath Noun

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, today's poem is from Cambodia, it's called Bung Kriel (Where the Cranes meet)

by U Sam Ouer and read by Mr. Rathanaksambath Noun

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 Cambodia.

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.

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.

Canada: Tracey James20120803

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Canada read by Tracey James.

Canada: Tracey James20120803

TV Hockey by Anne Wilkinson highlights the national institution of ice hockey in Canada. The poem is read by teacher Tracey James who lives in Livingston.

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.

Canada: Tracey James20120803

TV Hockey by Anne Wilkinson highlights the national institution of ice hockey in Canada. The poem is read by teacher Tracey James who lives in Livingston.

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.

TV Hockey by Anne Wilkinson highlights the national institution of ice hockey in Canada. The poem is read by teacher Tracey James who lives in Livingston.

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 Canada read by Tracey James.

Cape Verde: Jill Delgado20120726

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Cape Verde read by Jill Delgado.

Cape Verde: Jill Delgado20120726

Prelude by Jorge Barbosa takes us back to life on Cape Verde before its discovery by the Portuguese in the 15th century. The poem was translated by Ana-Maria Maguire and Robyn Marsack and is read by Jill Delgado whose husband was a Welsh-Cape Verdean.

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.

Cape Verde: Jill Delgado20120726

Prelude by Jorge Barbosa takes us back to life on Cape Verde before its discovery by the Portuguese in the 15th century. The poem was translated by Ana-Maria Maguire and Robyn Marsack and is read by Jill Delgado whose husband was a Welsh-Cape Verdean.

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.

Prelude by Jorge Barbosa takes us back to life on Cape Verde before its discovery by the Portuguese in the 15th century. The poem was translated by Ana-Maria Maguire and Robyn Marsack and is read by Jill Delgado whose husband was a Welsh-Cape Verdean.

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 Cape Verde read by Jill Delgado.

Cayman Islands: Ashleigh Davis20120815

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the Cayman Islands read by Ashleigh Davis.

Cayman Islands: Ashleigh Davis20120815

Celebrating Poetry worldwide, a poem from the Cayman Islands is read by Ashleigh Davis. it's called Last Night I Dreamt by Nasarie Suckoo-Collette

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

Cayman Islands: Ashleigh Davis20120815

Celebrating Poetry worldwide, a poem from the Cayman Islands is read by Ashleigh Davis. it's called Last Night I Dreamt by Nasarie Suckoo-Collette

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

Celebrating Poetry worldwide, a poem from the Cayman Islands is read by Ashleigh Davis. it's called Last Night I Dreamt by Nasarie Suckoo-Collette

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 the Cayman Islands read by Ashleigh Davis.

Central African Republic: Catherine Teya.20120830

2 Termite Skyscrapers is an anonymous poem from the Central African Republic which relies heavily on the oral tradition of storytelling and doesn't have a strong poetry tradition. The poem is read by Catherine Teya who was born in the Central African Republic and now works as a Paralegal 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.

Central African Republic: Catherine Teya.20120830

Today's poem from The Central African Republic is read by Catherine Teya.

Central African Republic: Catherine Teya.20120830

Today's poem from The Central African Republic is read by Catherine Teya.

2 Termite Skyscrapers is an anonymous poem from the Central African Republic which relies heavily on the oral tradition of storytelling and doesn't have a strong poetry tradition. The poem is read by Catherine Teya who was born in the Central African Republic and now works as a Paralegal 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.

2 Termite Skyscrapers is an anonymous poem from the Central African Republic which relies heavily on the oral tradition of storytelling and doesn't have a strong poetry tradition. The poem is read by Catherine Teya who was born in the Central African Republic and now works as a Paralegal 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.

Chad: Amos Oumounabidji20120727

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Chad read by Amos Oumounabidji.

Chad: Amos Oumounabidji20120727

The poem for Chad in central Africa considers the Elephant. Yet the Infanta of Salmanca (unfashionable considerations of the elephant) by Nimrod was translated by Patrick Williamson and is read by Amos Oumounabidji.

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.

Chad: Amos Oumounabidji20120727

The poem for Chad in central Africa considers the Elephant. Yet the Infanta of Salmanca (unfashionable considerations of the elephant) by Nimrod was translated by Patrick Williamson and is read by Amos Oumounabidji.

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.

The poem for Chad in central Africa considers the Elephant. Yet the Infanta of Salmanca (unfashionable considerations of the elephant) by Nimrod was translated by Patrick Williamson and is read by Amos Oumounabidji.

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 Chad read by Amos Oumounabidji.

Chile: Jessica Cleary20120906

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from Chile - Lazybones by Pablo Neruda.

Chile: Jessica Cleary20120906

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Chile is from Lazybones by Pablo Neruda.

It's read by Jessica Cleary who was brought up in Santiago

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.

Chile: Jessica Cleary20120906

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Chile is from Lazybones by Pablo Neruda.

It's read by Jessica Cleary who was brought up in Santiago

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, today's poem from Chile is from Lazybones by Pablo Neruda.

It's read by Jessica Cleary who was brought up in Santiago

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 poem from Chile - Lazybones by Pablo Neruda.

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.

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.

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

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.

Costa Rica: Rafael Castro20120824

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Costa Rica read by Rafael Castro.

Costa Rica: Rafael Castro20120824

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Costa Rica is read by Rafael Castro - it's called I am Man by Jorge Debravo.

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

Costa Rica: Rafael Castro20120824

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Costa Rica is read by Rafael Castro - it's called I am Man by Jorge Debravo.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Costa Rica is read by Rafael Castro - it's called I am Man by Jorge Debravo.

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 Costa Rica read by Rafael Castro.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Egypt: Mostafa Rizk20120722

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Egypt read by Mostafa Rizk.

Egypt: Mostafa Rizk20120722

The sock seller is captured in Egypt's poem, simply entitled 'Socks' written by Fatima Naoot, translated by Valerie Gillies and read by Mostafa Rizk.

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.

Egypt: Mostafa Rizk20120722

The sock seller is captured in Egypt's poem, simply entitled 'Socks' written by Fatima Naoot, translated by Valerie Gillies and read by Mostafa Rizk.

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.

The sock seller is captured in Egypt's poem, simply entitled 'Socks' written by Fatima Naoot, translated by Valerie Gillies and read by Mostafa Rizk.

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 Egypt read by Mostafa Rizk.

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.

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.

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 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.

Gabon: Olga Nding20120906

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Gabon, read by Olga Nding.

Gabon: Olga Nding20120906

The Little Bird is a traditional folk song from Gabon. This version is by Rolf Italiaander and read by Olga Nding from Gabon who works at the Gabonese Embassy 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.

Gabon: Olga Nding20120906

The Little Bird is a traditional folk song from Gabon. This version is by Rolf Italiaander and read by Olga Nding from Gabon who works at the Gabonese Embassy 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.

The Little Bird is a traditional folk song from Gabon. This version is by Rolf Italiaander and read by Olga Nding from Gabon who works at the Gabonese Embassy 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 Gabon, read by Olga Nding.

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

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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.

Germany: Annette Gotzkes20120812

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from Germany read by Annette Gotzkes.

Germany: Annette Gotzkes20120812

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Germany is ready by Annette Gotzkes. It's called

To Eat of Meat Joyously, writen by Bertolt Brecht.

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.

Germany: Annette Gotzkes20120812

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Germany is ready by Annette Gotzkes. It's called

To Eat of Meat Joyously, writen by Bertolt Brecht.

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, today's poem from Germany is ready by Annette Gotzkes. It's called

To Eat of Meat Joyously, writen by Bertolt Brecht.

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 poem from Germany read by Annette Gotzkes.

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.

Great Britain: Jim Broadbent20120727

A chatty and humorous sparrow, nostalgic and sociable, speaks for the whole of the British Isles in Hedge Sparrows by Richard Price. The poem for Great Britain is read by actor Jim Broadbent.

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.

Great Britain: Jim Broadbent20120727

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Great Britain read by Jim Broadbent.

Great Britain: Jim Broadbent20120727

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Great Britain read by Jim Broadbent.

A chatty and humorous sparrow, nostalgic and sociable, speaks for the whole of the British Isles in Hedge Sparrows by Richard Price. The poem for Great Britain is read by actor Jim Broadbent.

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.

A chatty and humorous sparrow, nostalgic and sociable, speaks for the whole of the British Isles in Hedge Sparrows by Richard Price. The poem for Great Britain is read by actor Jim Broadbent.

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.

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.

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.

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: Eric Mauricea20120828

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Timor Leste is read by Luis Corte-Real.

Guinea: Eric Mauricea20120828

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.

Guinea: Eric Mauricea20120828

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, 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, today's poem from Timor Leste is read by Luis Corte-Real.

African Moon by Koumanthio Zeinab Diallo reveals the power of 'Lady Moon' shining over Guinea. The poem is read by musician Eric Mauricea 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indonesia: Rudi Samson20120818

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Indonesia read by Rudi Samson.

Indonesia: Rudi Samson20120818

Eating Together by Li-Young Lee highlights the relevance of family and food for Indonesians. The poem is read by Indonesian Rudi Samson who lives in Edinburgh.

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.

Indonesia: Rudi Samson20120818

Eating Together by Li-Young Lee highlights the relevance of family and food for Indonesians. The poem is read by Indonesian Rudi Samson who lives in Edinburgh.

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.

Eating Together by Li-Young Lee highlights the relevance of family and food for Indonesians. The poem is read by Indonesian Rudi Samson who lives in Edinburgh.

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 Indonesia read by Rudi Samson.

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.

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.

Israel: Nurit Karol20120806

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Israel read by Nurit Karol.

Israel: Nurit Karol20120806

Returning to Tel Aviv by Karen Alkalay-Gut is read by Nurit Karol from Tel Aviv who is a keen Israeli dancer

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

Israel: Nurit Karol20120806

Returning to Tel Aviv by Karen Alkalay-Gut is read by Nurit Karol from Tel Aviv who is a keen Israeli dancer

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

Returning to Tel Aviv by Karen Alkalay-Gut is read by Nurit Karol from Tel Aviv who is a keen Israeli dancer

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 Israel read by Nurit Karol.

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.

Jamaica: Kei Miller20120805

A father digs for a yam while a nightingale sings. A Song for My Father by Dolores Gauntlett is the poem for Jamaica read by poet Kei Miller.

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.

Jamaica: Kei Miller20120805

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Jamaica read by Kei Miller.

Jamaica: Kei Miller20120805

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Jamaica read by Kei Miller.

A father digs for a yam while a nightingale sings. A Song for My Father by Dolores Gauntlett is the poem for Jamaica read by poet Kei Miller.

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.

A father digs for a yam while a nightingale sings. A Song for My Father by Dolores Gauntlett is the poem for Jamaica read by poet Kei Miller.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lesotho: Teboho Mohapi20120904

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Lesotho read by Teboho Mohapi.

Lesotho: Teboho Mohapi20120904

From Lesotho, The San's Promise by Rethabile Masilo tells of the bushmen forefathers of the country. The poem is read by Teboho Mohapi who works for the Lesotho High Commission.

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.

Lesotho: Teboho Mohapi20120904

From Lesotho, The San's Promise by Rethabile Masilo tells of the bushmen forefathers of the country. The poem is read by Teboho Mohapi who works for the Lesotho High Commission.

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.

From Lesotho, The San's Promise by Rethabile Masilo tells of the bushmen forefathers of the country. The poem is read by Teboho Mohapi who works for the Lesotho High Commission.

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 Lesotho read by Teboho Mohapi.

Libya: Khaled El Mayet20120807

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from Libya read by Khaled El Mayet.

Libya: Khaled El Mayet20120807

Echo & Elixir by Khaled Mattawa is a love poem from Libya read by Khaled El Mayet.

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.

Libya: Khaled El Mayet20120807

Echo & Elixir by Khaled Mattawa is a love poem from Libya read by Khaled El Mayet.

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.

Echo & Elixir by Khaled Mattawa is a love poem from Libya read by Khaled El Mayet.

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 poem from Libya read by Khaled El Mayet.

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.

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.

Macedonia: Arta Geguri20120807

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Macedonia read by Arta Geguri.

Macedonia: Arta Geguri20120807

Celebrating poetry worldwide, this poem from Macedonia is read by Arta Geguri and was written by

Ante Popovski

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

Macedonia: Arta Geguri20120807

Celebrating poetry worldwide, this poem from Macedonia is read by Arta Geguri and was written by

Ante Popovski

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, this poem from Macedonia is read by Arta Geguri and was written by

Ante Popovski

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 Macedonia read by Arta Geguri.

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.

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.

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.

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'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.

Marshall Islands: Veronica Wase20120808

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem from the Marshall Islands, written by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner was read by Veronica Wase

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

Marshall Islands: Veronica Wase20120808

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the Marshall Islands read by Veronica Wase.

Marshall Islands: Veronica Wase20120808

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the Marshall Islands read by Veronica Wase.

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem from the Marshall Islands, written by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner was read by Veronica Wase

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

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem from the Marshall Islands, written by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner was read by Veronica Wase

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.

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.

Micronesia: Emelihter Kihleng20120905

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Micronesia, read by Emelihter Kihleng.

Micronesia: Emelihter Kihleng20120905

I Follow Her is a poem from the Federated States of Micronesia, situated in the Western Pacific Ocean. The poem is written and read by the poet Emelihter Kihleng.

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.

Micronesia: Emelihter Kihleng20120905

I Follow Her is a poem from the Federated States of Micronesia, situated in the Western Pacific Ocean. The poem is written and read by the poet Emelihter Kihleng.

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.

I Follow Her is a poem from the Federated States of Micronesia, situated in the Western Pacific Ocean. The poem is written and read by the poet Emelihter Kihleng.

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 Micronesia, read by Emelihter Kihleng.

Moldova: Olimpia Gribincea20120729

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Moldova read by Olimpia Gribincea.

Moldova: Olimpia Gribincea20120729

Sleepy Birds by Mihai Eminescu is a poem from Moldova read as a lullabye to help children drift off to sleep. the poem is read by mother of one Olimpia Gribincea.

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.

Moldova: Olimpia Gribincea20120729

Sleepy Birds by Mihai Eminescu is a poem from Moldova read as a lullabye to help children drift off to sleep. the poem is read by mother of one Olimpia Gribincea.

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.

Sleepy Birds by Mihai Eminescu is a poem from Moldova read as a lullabye to help children drift off to sleep. the poem is read by mother of one Olimpia Gribincea.

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 Moldova read by Olimpia Gribincea.

Monaco: Wendy Woodwest20120905

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Monaco read by Wendy Woodwest.

Monaco: Wendy Woodwest20120905

Olive Tree by Rene Stefanelli is a poem from Monaco which reflects the notion of peace. The poem was translated by Kurt Ganzl and John Gallas and is read by Wendy Woodwest, who works in the principality.

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.

Monaco: Wendy Woodwest20120905

Olive Tree by Rene Stefanelli is a poem from Monaco which reflects the notion of peace. The poem was translated by Kurt Ganzl and John Gallas and is read by Wendy Woodwest, who works in the principality.

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.

Olive Tree by Rene Stefanelli is a poem from Monaco which reflects the notion of peace. The poem was translated by Kurt Ganzl and John Gallas and is read by Wendy Woodwest, who works in the principality.

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 Monaco read by Wendy Woodwest.

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.

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.

Montenegro: Milena Lainovic20120831

And Everything is Suddenly There by Aleksandar Becanovic is a poem written in Montenegran from the country of Montenegro, independent since 2006. The poem is read by Milena Lainovic, who lives in London and works as Managing Director of the country's national airline.

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.

Montenegro: Milena Lainovic20120831

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Montenegro read by Milena Lainovic.

Montenegro: Milena Lainovic20120831

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Montenegro read by Milena Lainovic.

And Everything is Suddenly There by Aleksandar Becanovic is a poem written in Montenegran from the country of Montenegro, independent since 2006. The poem is read by Milena Lainovic, who lives in London and works as Managing Director of the country's national airline.

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.

And Everything is Suddenly There by Aleksandar Becanovic is a poem written in Montenegran from the country of Montenegro, independent since 2006. The poem is read by Milena Lainovic, who lives in London and works as Managing Director of the country's national airline.

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.

Morocco: Fatima Mourad20120817

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Morocco read by Fatima Mourad.

Morocco: Fatima Mourad20120817

'The Brooch' by Mririda n'Ait Attik shows the close bonds of a Moroccan family as a heartbroken woman is comforted by her Grandmother. It's read for us by Fatima Mourad.

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.

Morocco: Fatima Mourad20120817

'The Brooch' by Mririda n'Ait Attik shows the close bonds of a Moroccan family as a heartbroken woman is comforted by her Grandmother. It's read for us by Fatima Mourad.

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.

'The Brooch' by Mririda n'Ait Attik shows the close bonds of a Moroccan family as a heartbroken woman is comforted by her Grandmother. It's read for us by Fatima Mourad.

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 Morocco read by Fatima Mourad.

Mozambique: Jessie Hall20120801

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Mozambique read by Jessie Hall.

Mozambique: Jessie Hall20120801

Change and progression can be witnessed throughout Mozambique in the poem 3D by Jose Craveirinha read by Jessie Hall, a photographer working in London.

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

Mozambique: Jessie Hall20120801

Change and progression can be witnessed throughout Mozambique in the poem 3D by Jose Craveirinha read by Jessie Hall, a photographer working in London.

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

Change and progression can be witnessed throughout Mozambique in the poem 3D by Jose Craveirinha read by Jessie Hall, a photographer working in London.

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Mozambique read by Jessie Hall.

Myanmar: Win Maung20120801

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Myanmar read by Win Maung.

Myanmar: Win Maung20120801

Diary by Phone Thet Paing reveals a country shrouded in sunlight. The poem from Myanmar was translated from Burmese by James Byrne and is read by Myanmar Doctor Win Maung 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 versse.

Myanmar: Win Maung20120801

Diary by Phone Thet Paing reveals a country shrouded in sunlight. The poem from Myanmar was translated from Burmese by James Byrne and is read by Myanmar Doctor Win Maung 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 versse.

Diary by Phone Thet Paing reveals a country shrouded in sunlight. The poem from Myanmar was translated from Burmese by James Byrne and is read by Myanmar Doctor Win Maung 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 versse.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Myanmar read by Win Maung.

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.

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.

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.

Niger: Penda Diallo20120831

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Niger read by Penda Diallo.

Niger: Penda Diallo20120831

The poem from Niger is called Tagalakoy which is the name given to women whose poverty forces them to sell sand. The poem is by Adamou Ide, translated by Irene Waggener and read by Penda Diallo.

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.

Niger: Penda Diallo20120831

The poem from Niger is called Tagalakoy which is the name given to women whose poverty forces them to sell sand. The poem is by Adamou Ide, translated by Irene Waggener and read by Penda Diallo.

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.

The poem from Niger is called Tagalakoy which is the name given to women whose poverty forces them to sell sand. The poem is by Adamou Ide, translated by Irene Waggener and read by Penda Diallo.

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 Niger read by Penda Diallo.

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.

North Korea: Joo Il Kim20120903

A poem from North Korea, read by Joo Il Kim.

North Korea: Joo Il Kim20120903

For Us, Life by Jang Jin-sung is a poem from North Korea which is read by Joo Il Kim with Youngtak Jeon interpreting.

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.

North Korea: Joo Il Kim20120903

For Us, Life by Jang Jin-sung is a poem from North Korea which is read by Joo Il Kim with Youngtak Jeon interpreting.

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.

For Us, Life by Jang Jin-sung is a poem from North Korea which is read by Joo Il Kim with Youngtak Jeon interpreting.

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.

A poem from North Korea, read by Joo Il Kim.

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.

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.

Palau: Jennifer Anson20120814

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Palau read by Jennifer Anson.

Palau: Jennifer Anson20120814

Celebrating Poetry worldwide, today's poem from Palau is read by Jennifer Anson, it is an anonymous poem

called the Bungleman and Jennifer explains a little about it

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

Palau: Jennifer Anson20120814

Celebrating Poetry worldwide, today's poem from Palau is read by Jennifer Anson, it is an anonymous poem

called the Bungleman and Jennifer explains a little about it

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

Celebrating Poetry worldwide, today's poem from Palau is read by Jennifer Anson, it is an anonymous poem

called the Bungleman and Jennifer explains a little about it

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 Palau read by Jennifer Anson.

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.

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.

Panama: Javier Stanziola20120806

Celebrating poetry world wide,today's poem from Panama is read by Dr Javier Stanziola and was written by poet Ricardo Miro

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

Panama: Javier Stanziola20120806

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Panama read by Dr Javier Stanziola.

Panama: Javier Stanziola20120806

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Panama read by Dr Javier Stanziola.

Celebrating poetry world wide,today's poem from Panama is read by Dr Javier Stanziola and was written by poet Ricardo Miro

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

Celebrating poetry world wide,today's poem from Panama is read by Dr Javier Stanziola and was written by poet Ricardo Miro

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

Paraguay: Adriana Rodriguez20120904

Celebrating poetry worldwide with the poem Encounter with Freedom.

Paraguay: Adriana Rodriguez20120904

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem is Encounter with Freedom by Elsa Wiezell, read by Adriana Rodriguez who moved to the UK with her Scottish husband

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

Paraguay: Adriana Rodriguez20120904

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem is Encounter with Freedom by Elsa Wiezell, read by Adriana Rodriguez who moved to the UK with her Scottish husband

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem is Encounter with Freedom by Elsa Wiezell, read by Adriana Rodriguez who moved to the UK with her Scottish husband

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with the poem Encounter with Freedom.

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.

Philippines: Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson20120802

A poem from the Philippines, read by Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson.

Philippines: Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson20120802

Poetry in Hiligaynon by Richard John Alayon captures the generosity and hospitality of the Filipinos. The poem is read by Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson who works as an Associate Director for an engineering and project management consultancy 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.

Philippines: Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson20120802

Poetry in Hiligaynon by Richard John Alayon captures the generosity and hospitality of the Filipinos. The poem is read by Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson who works as an Associate Director for an engineering and project management consultancy 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.

Poetry in Hiligaynon by Richard John Alayon captures the generosity and hospitality of the Filipinos. The poem is read by Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson who works as an Associate Director for an engineering and project management consultancy 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.

A poem from the Philippines, read by Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson.

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.

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-mushairi2012060420120604 (RS)

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.

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.

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.

Rwanda: Jean Pierre Mugenga20120903

A Cock Crows in Rwanda by Edouard Bamporiki is a poem in which the cock (Rusake) crows the troubled story of its country. The poem was translated from the Kinyarwanda by Arlette Marageya and David Shook and is read by Jean Pierre Mugenga who works for The Scottish Refugee Council.

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.

Rwanda: Jean Pierre Mugenga20120903

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Rwanda read by Jean Pierre Mugenga.

Rwanda: Jean Pierre Mugenga20120903

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Rwanda read by Jean Pierre Mugenga.

A Cock Crows in Rwanda by Edouard Bamporiki is a poem in which the cock (Rusake) crows the troubled story of its country. The poem was translated from the Kinyarwanda by Arlette Marageya and David Shook and is read by Jean Pierre Mugenga who works for The Scottish Refugee Council.

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.

A Cock Crows in Rwanda by Edouard Bamporiki is a poem in which the cock (Rusake) crows the troubled story of its country. The poem was translated from the Kinyarwanda by Arlette Marageya and David Shook and is read by Jean Pierre Mugenga who works for The Scottish Refugee Council.

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.

Saint Kitts and Nevis: Frankie Barton2012060120120601 (RS)

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.

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.

San Marino: Federico Podeschi20120826

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from San Marino read by Federico Podeschi.

San Marino: Federico Podeschi20120826

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from San Marino is read by Federico Podeschi. It's called The Tram Journey by Milene Ercolani

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.

San Marino: Federico Podeschi20120826

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from San Marino is read by Federico Podeschi. It's called The Tram Journey by Milene Ercolani

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, today's poem from San Marino is read by Federico Podeschi. It's called The Tram Journey by Milene Ercolani

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 San Marino read by Federico Podeschi.

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.

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.

Senegal : Samba Sene2012073020120731

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Senegal is read by Samba Sene.

Senegal's poem is an extract from Song for Yacine Mbaye by Leopold Sedar Senghor about the 1974 athlete from Senegal. The poem was translated by Eugène Leguen de Lacroix and is read by musician Samba Sene.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sierra Leone: Olive Williams20120827

'Careful' is an anonymous poem from Sierra Leone which warns of the consequences of your actions. It is read by Olive Williams 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.

Sierra Leone: Olive Williams20120827

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Sierra Leone read by Olive Williams.

Sierra Leone: Olive Williams20120827

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Sierra Leone read by Olive Williams.

'Careful' is an anonymous poem from Sierra Leone which warns of the consequences of your actions. It is read by Olive Williams 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.

'Careful' is an anonymous poem from Sierra Leone which warns of the consequences of your actions. It is read by Olive Williams 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.

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.

Slovakia: Ivana Cingel20120819

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Slovakia read by Ivana Cingel.

Slovakia: Ivana Cingel20120819

Ever Northwards defines the universal pull towards home for Slovakian poet Ivan Strpka. The poem was translated by John Minahane and is read by Slovakian Ivana Cingel who lives in Edinburgh with her children and husband who plays for Edinburgh's ice hockey team.

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.

Slovakia: Ivana Cingel20120819

Ever Northwards defines the universal pull towards home for Slovakian poet Ivan Strpka. The poem was translated by John Minahane and is read by Slovakian Ivana Cingel who lives in Edinburgh with her children and husband who plays for Edinburgh's ice hockey team.

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.

Ever Northwards defines the universal pull towards home for Slovakian poet Ivan Strpka. The poem was translated by John Minahane and is read by Slovakian Ivana Cingel who lives in Edinburgh with her children and husband who plays for Edinburgh's ice hockey team.

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 Slovakia read by Ivana Cingel.

Somalia: Yasmin Sallad20120804

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Somalia read by Yasmin Sallad.

Somalia: Yasmin Sallad20120804

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Somalia is A to Z by Maxamed Xaashi and read by Yasmin Sallad

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.

Somalia: Yasmin Sallad20120804

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Somalia is A to Z by Maxamed Xaashi and read by Yasmin Sallad

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, today's poem from Somalia is A to Z by Maxamed Xaashi and read by Yasmin Sallad

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 Somalia read by Yasmin Sallad.

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 Taizé 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.

Spain: Charo Cervantes2012052820120528 (RS)

Antonio Machado writes a love letter to the place of his birth in Castille, Spain. 'You Ask Me, Why My Heart Flies from the Coast' was translated by Willis Barnstone and read by Business Support Manager, Charo Cervantes, from Andalucia who now lives in Edinburgh.

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

Sri Lanka: Dee Rajathelakan20120505

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

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

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

St Lucia: Peter Charlery20120813

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from St Lucia read by Peter Charlery.

St Lucia: Peter Charlery20120813

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from St Lucia is read by Peter Charlery. It's called 54 and is written by Nobel prize winning poet - Derek Walcott

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

St Lucia: Peter Charlery20120813

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from St Lucia is read by Peter Charlery. It's called 54 and is written by Nobel prize winning poet - Derek Walcott

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from St Lucia is read by Peter Charlery. It's called 54 and is written by Nobel prize winning poet - Derek Walcott

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 St Lucia read by Peter Charlery.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Yolande Robertson-Greene20120809

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem is from St Vincent and the Grenadines is read by Yolande Robertson- Greene, written by Philip Nanton called Punctuation Mark.

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

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Yolande Robertson-Greene20120809

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Yolande Robertson-Greene20120809

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem is from St Vincent and the Grenadines is read by Yolande Robertson- Greene, written by Philip Nanton called Punctuation Mark.

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

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem is from St Vincent and the Grenadines is read by Yolande Robertson- Greene, written by Philip Nanton called Punctuation Mark.

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

Sudan: Mawahib El Tahir20120809

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Sudan read by Mawahib El Tahir.

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.

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.

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Sudan read by Mawahib El Tahir.

Suriname: Dez Vyzelman20120823

A True Poem....by Trefossa is a poem from Suriname translated by Vernie A February and read by Dez Vyzelman.

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.

Suriname: Dez Vyzelman20120823

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Suriname read by Dez Vyzelman.

Suriname: Dez Vyzelman20120823

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Suriname read by Dez Vyzelman.

A True Poem....by Trefossa is a poem from Suriname translated by Vernie A February and read by Dez Vyzelman.

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.

A True Poem....by Trefossa is a poem from Suriname translated by Vernie A February and read by Dez Vyzelman.

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.

Swaziland: Khululeka Khumalo20120902

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Swaziland read by Kululeka Khumalo.

Swaziland: Khululeka Khumalo20120902

Hard Working Women by Msandi Kababa reveals the changes which have taken place in recent years for women in Swaziland. The poem is read by media graduate Kululeka Khumalo.

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.

Swaziland: Khululeka Khumalo20120902

Hard Working Women by Msandi Kababa reveals the changes which have taken place in recent years for women in Swaziland. The poem is read by media graduate Kululeka Khumalo.

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.

Hard Working Women by Msandi Kababa reveals the changes which have taken place in recent years for women in Swaziland. The poem is read by media graduate Kululeka Khumalo.

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 Swaziland read by Kululeka Khumalo.

Swaziland: Kululeka Khumalo20120902

Hard Working Women by Msandi Kababa reveals the changes which have taken place in recent years for women in Swaziland. The poem is read by media graduate Kululeka Khumalo.

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.

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.

Switzerland: Regi Claire20120728

A Swiss pocketwatch keepsake tucked inside a handbag is the subject of the poem From the Intestines of a Mystical Dog by Valeria Melchioretto and read by Regi Claire, a Swiss living in Edinburgh.

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.

Switzerland: Regi Claire20120728

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Switzerland read by Regi Claire.

Switzerland: Regi Claire20120728

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Switzerland read by Regi Claire.

A Swiss pocketwatch keepsake tucked inside a handbag is the subject of the poem From the Intestines of a Mystical Dog by Valeria Melchioretto and read by Regi Claire, a Swiss living in Edinburgh.

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.

A Swiss pocketwatch keepsake tucked inside a handbag is the subject of the poem From the Intestines of a Mystical Dog by Valeria Melchioretto and read by Regi Claire, a Swiss living in Edinburgh.

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.

Syria: Manhal Alnasser20120810

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Syria read by Manhal Alnasser.

Syria: Manhal Alnasser20120810

Celebrating poetry worldwideting , today's poem from Syria is read by Manhal Alnasser, it's called

Sleep, written by Lina Tibin

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

Syria: Manhal Alnasser20120810

Celebrating poetry worldwideting , today's poem from Syria is read by Manhal Alnasser, it's called

Sleep, written by Lina Tibin

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

Celebrating poetry worldwideting , today's poem from Syria is read by Manhal Alnasser, it's called

Sleep, written by Lina Tibin

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 Syria read by Manhal Alnasser.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Timor Leste: Luis Corte-Real20120829

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in 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, 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-Lare2012060920120609 (RS)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Uganda: Marie Solome20120701

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

Ukraine: Hanna Shelest20120811

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Ukraine read by Hanna Shelest.

Ukraine: Hanna Shelest20120811

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Ukraine is read by Hanna Shelest. It is called

Song 352, by Oleh Lysheha

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

Ukraine: Hanna Shelest20120811

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Ukraine is read by Hanna Shelest. It is called

Song 352, by Oleh Lysheha

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Ukraine is read by Hanna Shelest. It is called

Song 352, by Oleh Lysheha

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Ukraine read by Hanna Shelest.

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.

USA: Matt Hoyne20120908

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the USA read by Matt Hoyne.

USA: Matt Hoyne20120908

Walt Whitman hears 'the varied carols' of all the people who contribute to the life and culture of America in I Hear America Singing. The poem is read by Matt Hoyne from Missouri.

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.

USA: Matt Hoyne20120908

Walt Whitman hears 'the varied carols' of all the people who contribute to the life and culture of America in I Hear America Singing. The poem is read by Matt Hoyne from Missouri.

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.

Walt Whitman hears 'the varied carols' of all the people who contribute to the life and culture of America in I Hear America Singing. The poem is read by Matt Hoyne from Missouri.

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 USA read by Matt Hoyne.

Uzbekistan: Mahtuma Ashurov20120724

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Uzbekistan read by Mahtuma Ashurov.

Uzbekistan: Mahtuma Ashurov20120724

Dreaming of Bukhara in Uzbekistan is the subject of 'Today I dreamed all day..' by Rauf Parfi. The poem is read by Mahtuma Ashurov who is living in the UK with her family while her husband studies for a PHD.

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.

Uzbekistan: Mahtuma Ashurov20120724

Dreaming of Bukhara in Uzbekistan is the subject of 'Today I dreamed all day..' by Rauf Parfi. The poem is read by Mahtuma Ashurov who is living in the UK with her family while her husband studies for a PHD.

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.

Dreaming of Bukhara in Uzbekistan is the subject of 'Today I dreamed all day..' by Rauf Parfi. The poem is read by Mahtuma Ashurov who is living in the UK with her family while her husband studies for a PHD.

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 Uzbekistan read by Mahtuma Ashurov.

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.

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.

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.

Zambia: Kolonde Kasengela20120825

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Zambia read by Kolonde Kasengela.

Zambia: Kolonde Kasengela20120825

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Zambia is read by Kolonde Kasengela.

The poem is called Some Bright Elegance by Kayo Chingonyi

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

Zambia: Kolonde Kasengela20120825

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Zambia is read by Kolonde Kasengela.

The poem is called Some Bright Elegance by Kayo Chingonyi

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

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Zambia is read by Kolonde Kasengela.

The poem is called Some Bright Elegance by Kayo Chingonyi

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 Zambia read by Kolonde Kasengela.