After a series of launches and events in Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad) during March 2019, the book ‘Defiance of the Rose: Selected Poems by Perveen Shakir’ published by Oxford University Press travels to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where the translator Naima Rashid has been residing for the past thirteen years.
The first event in the series was a launch hosted by the French Consulate of Jeddah. Rashid, a French language instructor by profession, has worked with Jeddah’s French Consulate for 7 years, teaching French to a diverse group of adults.
The event was organized by a Readers’ Circle of Francophones from different walks of life who meet on a monthly basis to discuss a book. For the event, a selection of poems were translated into French, which was later followed by a discussion and a question and answer session.