Episode 10: Freedom of Expression in Poetry
In the tenth (and final) episode of Radio Scissors, Tara Aghdashloo speaks about freedom of expression in arts, and in particular in poetry. She begins by providing a definition of freedom in poetry and in the process of writing in general. Tara addresses the limitations surrounding literature and poetry in Persian language. Further, she talks about the challenges of publishing books in Iran. Tara also speaks about the consistently evolving nature of censorship in a country like Iran, and the confusion that it creates for writers, poets, artists and others.
Tara Aghdashloo is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and curator. She was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Canada at the age of 15, where she finished her BA of Journalism at Ryerson University. She files features to different international publications and worked as a broadcast journalist for BBC World’s Persian TV from 2010 to 2013, before joining Manoto TV to co-host and produce a new current affairs panel. She writes in both English and Persian, and published her first poetry collection This is Not a Pomegranate in June 2011. Tara obtained her MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in September 2012, and co-founded East London’s The Invisible Line contemporary art gallery as the head curator and artistic director.