The Caged Bird Sings: Terror-Charge man receives recognition for poetry collection

Terror-Charge man receives recognition for poetry collection.

Award winning novelist, A L Kennedy, is leading an event to mark the launch of a moving collection of poetry by a man facing extradition to the US on terror-charges.

The booklet, entitled “This be the Answer” contains poems written by 31 year old Londoner, Talha Ahsan, whilst in prison as well as a selection of older works. The title comes from one of the poems about a prisoner cleaning toilets when a guard mocks, “Where is your God now?”

Kennedy, winner of the 2008 Costa Book prize for her novel “Day”, says of Talha’s poems, “This slim volume allows us brief access to a human being accused of inhumanity, to the details of his thinking, his loves, the life currently kept on hold by a Kafkaesque legal system and dangerous levels of official secrecy and paranoia on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Ahsan, London University SOAS graduate, suffers from Asperger Syndrome- a form of autism- and has been held in high security prisons since being arrested at his parents’ home in July 2006.

He is accused of supporting Chechen insurgents via a series of websites between 1997 and 2004; one of which was based in the USA, a country he has never been to. He denies all charges and is in proceedings at the European Court of Human Rights.

The publication of Ahsan’s poetry is an initiative taken by Radio Ramadan Edinburgh and partners SACC (Scotland Against Criminalising Communities) and Edinburgh Stop the War. Each of the three Scottish groups endeavours to work against Islamophobia and the unjust terror-laws.

“This be the Answer” available from advertising@radioramadanedinburgh.com for £2 plus post and package.

Festival Organiser
Zareen Islam
0131 258 4650

Terror-Charge man receives recognition for poetry collection.

Award winning novelist, A L Kennedy, is leading an event to mark the launch of a moving collection of poetry by a man facing extradition to the US on terror-charges.

The booklet, entitled “This be the Answer” contains poems written by 31 year old Londoner, Talha Ahsan, whilst in prison as well as a selection of older works. The title comes from one of the poems about a prisoner cleaning toilets when a guard mocks, “Where is your God now?”

Kennedy, winner of the 2008 Costa Book prize for her novel “Day”, says of Talha’s poems, “This slim volume allows us brief access to a human being accused of inhumanity, to the details of his thinking, his loves, the life currently kept on hold by a Kafkaesque legal system and dangerous levels of official secrecy and paranoia on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Ahsan, London University SOAS graduate, suffers from Asperger Syndrome- a form of autism- and has been held in high security prisons since being arrested at his parents’ home in July 2006.

He is accused of supporting Chechen insurgents via a series of websites between 1997 and 2004; one of which was based in the USA, a country he has never been to. He denies all charges and is in proceedings at the European Court of Human Rights.

The publication of Ahsan’s poetry is an initiative taken by Radio Ramadan Edinburgh and partners SACC (Scotland Against Criminalising Communities) and Edinburgh Stop the War. Each of the three Scottish groups endeavours to work against Islamophobia and the unjust terror-laws.

“This be the Answer” available from advertising@radioramadanedinburgh.com for £2 plus post and package.

Festival Organiser
Zareen Islam
0131 258 4650

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