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International Call for Endangered Poetry | 21-Feb-18

Since last year, we have been collaborating with SOAS World Languages Institute to collect and preserve poems in endangered languages.

A call for the submission of poetry in endangered languages (endangered poetry) went out on National Poetry Day 2017; poets and aficionados have submitted their works and poems ever since.

International Mother Language Day is taking place on Wednesday 21 February and now it is time that we extend the call-out to speakers of languages other than English worldwide. Moreover, many endangered languages are not written and so we want to remind the public that they can submit audio or video recordings of their verbal art. Our shared initiative aims to make the voices of poets and verbal artists heard and make it accessible to a wider audience.

How can you help? SOAS is asking its staff and students, who collectively speak more than 100 languages, to be part of this movement and to document poetry world wide. Spread the word and send out our call to friends and colleagues in the language which can reach poets, verbal artists and aficionados. Help us translate the call into as many languages as possible. Translate the call into a language we do not have online yet and a voucher for a coffee and a muffin will be yours! Get in touch at 

The call-out has been translated into the following languages:


Visit the SOAS website to download the relevant .pdf file of each language and to find out more about the project

Submit a poem in an endangered language

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