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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

25 October 2019
Parwana Fayyaz, who is studying here for a PhD in Persian Studies, has won the 2019 Forward Prize for the best single poem for her work ‘Forty Names,’ which portrays the collective experience of struggle and sacrifice of 40 women who jump off a cliff.

The Forward Arts Foundation promotes poetry and supports talent in the UK and Ireland through the National Poetry Day, the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Forward Book of Poetry.

Parwana is from Kabul, Afghanistan, and came to Cambridge by way of Stanford for a PhD in Persian Studies.

She speaks Persian, Pashto, Urdu, Arabic and English and began writing poetry in English about 10 years ago.

Her College, Trinity, spoke to her after the Forward Foundation awards ceremony at London’s South Bank Centre.

Read the interview here