(South Sudan, 1969)
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BiographyAl-Saddiq Al-Raddi was born in Sudan in 1969 and grew up in Omdurman-Khartoum where he still lives. In 1986, at the age of 17, he won first prize in a major poetry competition, as a result of which he became the youngest member of the Sudanese Writers’ Union. His first two books, Ghina’ al-‘Uzlah (Songs of Solitude), and Matahat al-Sultan (The Sultan’s Labyrinth), were published simultaneously in 1996, immediately establishing him as a poet of great significance. His third collection, Aqasi Shashat al-Isgha’ (The Limits of the Screen of Listening), appeared in 2000 and a volume of his collected poems was published in 2009.
© Sarah MaguireAl-Saddiq Al-Raddi was a guest at the 41st Poetry International Festival. This text was written for that occasion.
Ghina’ al-‘Uzlah (Songs of Solitude), 1996
Matahat al-Sultan (The Sultan’s Labyrinth), 1996
Aqasi Shashat al-Isgha’ (The Limits of the Screen of Listening), 2000
Poems (translated by Sarah Maguire and Sabry Hafez), Enitharmon Press, London, 2008
Akassi, Akassi Chachatou Al’isghaa Matahatou Assoultan Ghinaou al-Ghazal (Collected poems), Cairo, 2009
Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi’s poems translated on the Poetry Translation Centre website
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