Marjorie Lotfi Gill

Marjorie Lotfi Gill is a founder of The Belonging Project, a series of readings and workshops reflecting on the flight, journey and assimilation of refugees. She was poet in residence at Jupiter Artland from 2014 until 2016 and was the 2015 writer in residence for Spring Fling and the Wigtown Book Festival. Marjorie was both Runner Up and Highly Commended in the 2016 Wigtown Poetry Competition and her poems have won other competitions, been published in a variety of journals and anthologies in the UK and US (including GutterMagmaMslexia, and The Rialto) and been performed on BBC Radio 4.

Photo: Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston

Events

What would you take with you? »

A workshop on belonging with Marjorie Lotfi Gill

Fri 3 March | 10:15 - 12:15 | £6.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

House of Three Showcase »

Reading: Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Nalini Paul, Iona Lee

Fri 3 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Belonging »

Poetry from the StAnza school workshops for 2017

Thu 2 March - Sun 5 March | 10:00 - 15:30 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Poem

Gift

my Muslim grandmother’s words when giving a crucifix to my Methodist mother in Tehran

It doesn’t matter that she’s blonde,
doesn’t know a single word of Farsi,
or how to taarof, always refuse first,
before accepting a gift.
 
what you believe is your own trouble;
not one of us understands all the words
of our mother tongue. Look at the eye,
my father told me, watch it speak.
 
as long as you are here, I will be shelter.
 
believe in something: your hands pressed
together, palm to palm, are my body folded
into the namaz; each of us maps ourselves
in the mirror, measures what we already know.

 

Marjorie Lotfi Gill