The Persian short story can be traced back to ancient times, with storytelling preceding literacy, and its traditions, rich with lush metaphors and thought-provoking allusions, have inspired Western writers for decades. To celebrate the launch of The Book of Tehran, a collaboration between Comma Press and Visiting Arts, which includes short stories from 10 contemporary writers from Iran, translated into English, this workshop led by Shahab Vaezzadeh and Orkideh Behrouzan will explore contemporary Iranian literature and the translation process.

This event aims to bring Iranian literature to life, all the while growing storytelling skills and boosting confidence. Participants -who need no previous experience – will be encouraged to perform their own renditions of these texts and even create a group-translation.

About The Speakers

Orkideh Behrouzan

Orkideh Behrouzan is a poet, author, and academic teaching at the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.



Shahab Vaezzadeh

Shahab Vaezzadeh earned a BA (Hons) Degree in Persian Studies from the University of Manchester, where he read Persian language and literature and explored themes of Westernisation in Iranian literature of the Pahlavi period. He is currently working as a freelance translator and interpreter.