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Flower Angel Ship

by Jörg Bernig

German author Jörg Bernig (formerly a uranium miner in the German Democratic Republic) spent two years as a language tutor in Swansea University, later returning to Swansea to work with students and staff as Writer in Residence at the Centre for Contemporary German Culture, in a scheme supported by the German government, in 2013. Bernig’s poetry explores Central European memories and histories. The translations in this volume are by Tom Cheesman and students.

On Sale: 01/11/2013

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Publication Date: 01/11/2013

ISBN: 978-0992656409

Category: Poetry


About Jörg

German author Jörg Bernig spent two years as a language tutor in Swansea University, before returning to South Wales as Writer in Residence at the Centre for Contemporary German Culture. He lives near Dresden and teaches German to immigrants. He has published several novels – one in English – and numerous volumes of poetry. Some of his recent pronouncements (as reported in Die Zeit, June 2020) are not compatible with the values of Hafan Books. However, the poems we published are not tainted by such views.

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Eyes Closed / Les Yeux Fermés

by Soleïman Adel Guémar

Poésie / Poems, Swansea (Pays de Galle) 2006–2014. French poems with English translations by / En français avec les traductions en anglais par Tom Cheesman and John Goodby.

On Sale: 29/05/2014

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Publication Date: 29/05/2014

ISBN: 9780992656423

Category: Poetry


About Soleïman

Soleïman Adel Guémar was born and raised in Algiers. Initially considering a career in the army, he quit his engineering studies to spend two years in Paris working in publishing. He returned to Algiers in 1991, to work as a journalist. By the end of 2002, Soleïman and his family had to leave Algeria to seek safety in the UK.

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Stars

by Childe Roland

A rant against stars.

Stars is part of the Boiled String poetry series, edited by Professor John Goodby.

On Sale: 03/09/2018

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ISBN: 9780995496675

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About Childe

Childe Roland was the pen name of experimental poet, Peter Meilleur. Peter was born in Surrey, however his family sailed to Canada before the end of the Second World War. In 1979, Peter and his wife settled in Llangollen, Wales, where he found poetic inspiration in the Welsh language. Peter passed away in 2019 at the age of 75.

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Boiled String Poetry Chapbooks

Experimental poetry from Wales

Boiled String is edited by Professor John Goodby.

#1 Six of Clubs

by Childe Roland (2011)

#2 There’s Only the Dance

by David Barnett (2011)

#3 Mynydd

by Rhys Trimble (2011)

#4 Trees (2012)

by Childe Roland

#5 Bitch Dust (2012)

by Steven Hitchins

#6 Chroma (2012)

by Graham Hartill

#7 Thy Mine (2013)

by William Shakespeare, tr. by Tom Cheesman, Ulrike Draesner, Olive Ond

#8 Flower Angel Ship (2013) by Jörg Bernig

#9 Stars (2015)

by Childe Roland

#10 Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words (2015)

by Nia Davies

#11 Teint for the Bièvre (2016)

by Zoë Skoulding

#12 Zodiac (2018)

by Rhys Trimble

13# Grandiloquent Wretches (2020)

by Rhea Seren Philips

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Personal Things and the Rest

by Edin Suljic

This is the first poetry collection by Edin Suljic. Written over 26 years (1992-2018) the poems trace his rages and loves, explorations and reflections, as ‘an itinerant of history, a pilgrim through the landscapes of collective memory’ (Abol Froushan). Edin grew up in what once was Yugoslavia and was abroad when it exploded in civil war in 1991. He went back in 2015, as new refugees were trekking through from Syria. How can we live together? This question animates his writing.

On Sale: 03/09/2018

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About Edin

Edin Suljic is a London-based writer, translator, performer, photographer and filmmaker hailing from former Yugoslavia. As well as writing, he works with No Direction Home project run by Counterpoints Arts and the poets collective of migration and refugee backgrounds, Bards Without Borders.

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You and Me Two: Love Poems for Aminata

by Alhaji Sheku Kamara

For all the lovers in the world – love poems by Alhaji Sheku Kamara

On Sale: 18/08/2015

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Publication Date: 18/08/2015

ISBN: 978-0992656485


About Alhaji

Alhaji Sheku Kamara came to the UK from west Africa as a young man, seeking sanctuary from civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. From 2003 he became a key player and later captain of Swansea World Stars football team.

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Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words

by Nia Davies

Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words contains a series of poems expanding on some impossibly strange, long words from various different languages. In an exploration of language and translation, Nia Davies goes beyond the boundaries of convention and into the lengthy and absurd.

Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words is part of the Boiled String poetry series, edited by John Goodby.

On Sale: 29/12/2015

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Publication Date: 29/12/2015

ISBN: 9780992656454

Category: Poetry


About Nia

The tremendously talented Nia Davies was born in Sheffield. She edited Poetry Wales 2014-19 and has worked on international projects with Literature Across Frontiers, Wales International Poetry Festival and Wales Literature Exchange. Her poems and essays have been published and translated widely and she has performed internationally.

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Teint for the Bièvre / pour la Bièvre

by Zoë Skoulding, with translations by Jean Portante

“Not drowning but buried / the lost body always / hers always innocent / already filthy …” (“Pas se noyant mais ensevelie / le corps perdu toujours / le sien toujours innocent / déjà crasseux …”)

Zoë Skoulding‘s poems in this volume celebrate and mourn the ‘lost’, buried Parisian river La Bièvre. Once an important tributary of the Seine, running through the centre of the city, for 100 years La Bièvre has disappeared from view.

Skoulding previously translated poems by the celebrated Paris-based writer Jean Portante; here he returned the favour.

On Sale: 08/01/2016

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Publication date: 08/01/2016

ISBN: 9780992656461

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About Zoë

Zoë is a Welsh poet and Professor of Creative Writing at Bangor University. Her work also encompasses translation, literary criticism and editing. Her poetry has been translated into 18 languages and presented widely at international festivals.

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Zola’s Story

by Zola Gidi

Zola Gidi came to the UK from South Africa with her boyfriend in 1991. By 1997, she was settled in Swansea, Wales, with a job, a flat and the medical care she needed. Suddenly the Home Office threatened her with deportation. This is Zola’s story.

On Sale: 05/06/2017

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Publication date: 01/03/2016

ISBN: 9780992656485

Category: Biographies and Memoirs


About Zola

Zola Gidi came to the UK from South Africa with her boyfriend in 1991. By 1997, she was settled in Swansea, Wales. Threatened with deportation by the UK Home Office, Zola’s many friends in Swansea rallied round her, including Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support. Zola was finally allowed to stay, detailing her ordeal in Zola’s Story.

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As the sea is my witness!

by Juan Zapata Olivella and Edelma Zapata Pérez, translated by Dr Patricia Rodríguez-Martínez-Jones

Juan Zapata Olivella and Edelma Zapata Pérez celebrate Afro-Colombian history and culture in many ways: not least through their poetry, which is by turns political and intensely personal, at times angry, often mournful, yet resolutely hopeful.

On Sale: 05/06/2017

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Publication date: 05/06/2017

ISBN: 9780995496620

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My Heart Loves in My Language

by Refugees Writing in Wales, ed. by Tom Cheesman, Jeni Williams and Filiz Çelik.

Stories and poems from Swansea – all about language: translating, interpreting, learning, losing, sharing and re-inventing language. Includes: poems by members of the Swansea Women’s Asylum and Refugee Group (most created in workshops led by Jeni Williams), and stories about personal experiences, recorded by Filiz Celik and Tom Cheesman as part of a project on language and interpreting among asylum-seekers and refugees. Plus contributions by many others.

If you wish to view the PDF of My Heart Loves in My Language, please consider donating to Swansea Asylum Seekers Support.

On Sale: 13/09/2017

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Publication date: 13/09/2017

ISBN:978-0995496644

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About Refugees Writing in Wales

Poetry, stories, essays and more, written in Wales by people seeking sanctuary from wars and persecution.

My Heart Loves in My Language is part of a series published by Hafan Books as a platform for asylum-seeekers and refugees in Wales. Seven volumes published since 2003, featuring newcomers to Wales side by side with established and emergent writers in Wales.


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