Afghan poet wins prestigious British prize

Afghan poet Parwana Fayyaz has won a prestigious British prize for poetry called Forward.

Parwana won the £10,000 prize for the best single poem for Forty Names, which depicts the experience of 40 women who jump off of a cliff in order to preserve their “honour”.

Born in Kabul and raised in Pakistan, Parwana began to write poetry in 2010, when she learned English as a second language.

Shahidha Bari, the chair of the judges, called Forty Names “a poem that feels close to prayer, and yet is shocking and vital.”

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