Nare Garibyan, an Armenian-American poet joins us for one evening to talk about her latest collection of 11 poems which capture her journey through Western Armenia (present-day Eastern Turkey) with 11 friends, in 11 days, in 2005.
These poems bring together the group's attempt to discover their ancestral land and understand their heritage. Nare wrote her poems in the hope that it will encourage others to explore their own cultural elements, including the truths hidden in the dark corners.
The evening will include readings from her inaugural collection of poetry When Ruins Speak, followed by a Q&A. Nare will also share a slideshow of photos taken from her trip.
Copies of Nare’s book will be available on the night (£15 each).
Supported by Arts Council England
Nare was born in Yerevan, Armenia and lived in Tallinn, Estonia as a young child. Growing up in Glendale, California, Nare became an active member of the Armenian community from an early age. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and a Master’s degree in college counselling from USC. She is currently an academic counsellor in the California Community College system. She also has an extensive publishing résumé as an editor and arts writer for Yerevan Magazine.