Hanan Issa is the first Muslim chosen as national poet of Wales


Fri, 2022-07-08 01:37

LONDON: Hanan Issa, a Welsh-Iraqi poet, filmmaker and artist, is the first Muslim to be chosen as the national poet of Wales. During her three-year term she will represent the country’s diverse cultures and languages and serve as an ambassador for the Welsh people.

Ashok Ahir, president of the National Eisteddfod Court and chair of the Eisteddfod Management Board, said on behalf of the selection panel that Issa has a “cross-community voice that speaks to every part of the country.”

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