Ahmed Zaidan from city of Mosul , I was born in 1988 northern Iraq. I started my journey in poetry since 2005 where I had begun with reading the revolutionary poems on different levels, such as demanding woman rights , freedom , liberating the society from the past. This trend in writing due to the poets I used to read for. I found myself that guy how describes himself as the sea inside a closed bottle of champagne or the bird that refuses to land on the dusty domes from which , the calls of hatred are being launched , but even though all that challengings , I continued singing on trees of humanity waving to people to come with me and join the bridal of nature which unify all of us and brings us together after our long term dispute !
First stage at college of Arts
I was that guy who dosn’t believe until he feels and then touches. I have been told by my close friends that not to publish any of my revolutionary poems except those ones which talk about simple issues and love of father, mother or could be the weather ! My nature as being not patient freshman has pushed me to self gambling in a country where there is no place for such writers to express whatever in the heart and head. I did not realize the laws of the game that time. I went with all my power to condemn the society with all its establishments that dedicate the ignorance in the locals. So, I started with mosques that call people to pray for devastation of other nations who don’t believe in Islam which are mostly called the countries of infidels, , while the christianity is a genuine part of Iraqi society.
I have realised since I started reading that the world is wider than only a flag or a language . That was helpful in many cases in order to understand that no doubt, on other side there might be people who think in the same way as me or do what I was doing at the moment. Watching films and social shows from abroad has opened the big door before me to come into the world despite of the closed country I lived in, which it was simillar to a collective jail. I got advantage of the social media that allowed me to enlarge my friendship circle from local to internatinal. That is what drove me to dream about travelling and catch the last trolley in train of civilized world as I described the status, that time !
My first book to see the light 2009
The abbreviation of my life since my beginning in poetry up to that date my book which I had issued was. Despite of my being conservative somehow, for avoiding myself and family the potential danger that may occur in case it gets read by extremists. That did not prevent the books shops to get rid of the last copy they possess, demanded me to come and take way what I had brought three days ago . Sadly, I collected myself which was thrown here and there in very cheap containers. I carried the books and saw to distribute them freely to friends and relatives ! I ost again and the money gone !
The book seller claimed that there were some of the poems which don’t fit with the norms of our Muslim society ! And anyway , people would prefer to read the religious books as they are useful in life and after life !!!
Working in media
I didn’t have a certain plan to work in the media, but after I had issued my first book ( playing on strings of female ) I got a Tv show invitation to attend as guest in the most famous channel in Mosul. I didn’t have a certain plan to work in the media. I carried my book headed to the studio where the site of the Tv station. I had to walk in order to enter . I had to pass through the security check points and military barracks in a scene refers that as if I would’ve gone to join to the army not to the Tv show. The only civilian one is me surrounded by dusty uniforms clothes, what an elegant man I am that might be walking to a taboo zone !
Later, I there were two men in the sight waving to me after I had to make a phone call with someone there
Ahmed Zaidan CV
Journalist and TV show presenter since 2009.
Poet with issued poetry collection in Baghdad 2009.
The Full name : Ahmad Ayad Thamir
The nick name : Ahmed Zaidan
Careers : Poet and journalist
Year of birth : 1988
Nationality : Iraqi
Place of birth : Mosul-Iraqi
Current residence : Turku-Finland
Year of arrival to Finland : By end of 2013
Languages : Fluent in Arabic , English and a little Finnish
Residency status in Finland : Permit of temporary residency for four years _ political refugee
Study degree : The bachelor degree in the translation granted from college of arts, Mosul university, under No 12240, dated 3-7-2011.
Occupations in Finland
Voluntary Radio show in Robin Hood radio ( Mahattat ) 2015.
Here is the link of my radio show :-
Työharjoittelu for 6 months in Kirjan talo in Turku as a journalist 2015-2016.
I have done video and audio interviews with international poets from different European countries when they visited Turku in ( Poetry week ) 2015.
Here are some of my interviews and videos that I have made for Kirjan talo in the field of poetry and art:
In Finland and Europe
I published my poem (Aroma) in UK, 2016
I participated for three times in the EU project (Media literacy) with the Finnish partners in the project that adopted by number of community radios in Europe which is workshops hold in different European countries. 2016
The host countries are Hungary, France and Germany
I Published an interview I made with asylum seeker on radio (Wuste welle) in Germany 2016
I blog in Åbo underrättelser newspaper 2016
I published Kirjan talo website and The Finnish pen 2016
I published a documentary story in Doc point in Helsinki 2015
I published to Sivuvalo website 2016
Here is my website for some of my published poems
The cultural events and festival that I have participated in
A workshop hold by literature for all in Helsinki, followed poetry reading 2016
I participated as a poet in Runokuu international festival 2016
I participated as poet in Kirja irti festival in Turku 2016
I participated with Sivuvalo in a poetry reading in reception centres of refugees and the subway stations of east Helsinki 2016
My two poems were composed and performed in Helsinki in Journey to the Arab Jazz
I participated in others cultural events and workshops in Finland.
I worked as TV show presenter in Sama Al Mosul channel where I have been prepared presented ( Breezes of morning ) show 2011-2012 .
I worked as TV show presenter in Al Mawslya channel . I have been presented the show of ( Poetry collections ) which is a series of interviews with Iraqi poets 2009-2010.
I also presented on Al Mawslya ( Good morning ) TV show 2009-2010.
I issued my first poetry collection ( playing on the strings of female ) documented in the library of archives in Baghdad with deposited number ( 1204 ) the year 2009
I published poetry and articles in the Iraqi newspapers
I participated in ( Love festival for poetry ) 2010.
I participated in the poetry festival ( Abu Tammam ) held by province of Ninawa 2011.
I participated in the annual ceremony of creative arts of Mosul university for tow times, in poetry reading 2009 2010 .
I was awarded the prize of creative arts festival of Mosul university for two times .
The qualifications and capacities
⦁ Translation (English-Arabic)
⦁ Writing poetry, prose and essays in both English and Arabic
⦁ Film maker and photographer
⦁ Experience with video and audio editing
⦁ Reporting and editing news
⦁ preparation programmer and TV show presenter as well as radio
⦁ The scenario writer
⦁ Reviser of Arabic language
⦁ Writing documentary texts
Email address : Ahmed.firstname.lastname@example.org