Nazand Begikhani was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1964. She
has been living in exile (in Denmark, France and later the UK)
since 1987. Her first degree was in English Language and
Literature, followed by an MA and PhD in Comparative
Literature at the Sorbonne University, France.
Nazand published her first poetry collection, Yesterday of
Tomorrow, in Paris in 1995. Her second collection,
Celebrations (Aras), came out in 2004 in Iraqi
Kurdistan. Her third collection, which is a collaborative work with
a famous Kurdish poet Dilawer Qaradaghi and called Colour of
Sand, was published in 2005 in Iraqi Kurdistan.
She self-translates her poetry into French and English; many
of her poems are published in French, Arabic, Persian and English.
She is also a translator from French and English into Kurdish, and
translated Baudelaire and Eliot into Kurdish.
Apart from writing poetry, Nazand is an active researcher and
advocate for women’s human rights. She is the founding member and
co-ordinator of the network organisation Kurdish Women Action
against Honour Killing (KWAHK). Her researches on Kurdish gender
are widely published in Kurdish, but also in French and English.
She worked as Cultural Programme Organiser at the Kurdish Institute
in Paris, then in the Kurdish Cultural Centre in London. Between
October 2000 to late 2001, she was the editor of RAM
Bulletin (Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Media) at the
Press Wise Trust in Bristol.