CAMBRIDGE: A Pakistani student Abdul Wahid Khan won a £100 prize for his poem and song titled “Paths towards sustainability” in a poetry competition held at Wolfson’s College.
Wolfson’s College issued a statement about the poetry competition, announcing the winner: “The Wolfson Green Team and Wolfson’s Earth Emergency Cluster put together a competition so we can think creatively about these and related questions, to gather opinions, dreams, and ideas from as many people as possible. The best submission was awarded with a £100 prize. Wolfson student Wahid Khan (pen name: Zeerak) won the prize for his poem and song on “paths towards sustainability”. “
The original poem is written in an indigenous Khowar language, spoken in the far north and north west of Pakistan. Here’s an excerpt from his poem:
Wolfson o poshi ma aqul hairan zhan ma aqul hairan Occh gazo ochi
kicha shiyuran zhan kicha shiyuran
Wolfson College amazes me oh dear yes it does
The greenery of the lawns is spread everywhere, yes it does
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner in a tweet said, “Congratulations to the talented Abdul Wahid Khan from Chitral 🇵🇰 on winning the prize for his poem on “paths towards sustainability” at Wolfson College.”
Congratulations to the talented Abdul Wahid Khan from Chitral 🇵🇰 on winning the prize for his poem on "paths towards sustainability" at 🇬🇧@WolfsonCollege cc @SirTimHitchens @UniofOxfordhttps://t.co/4ELtiB5Pfp
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) February 24, 2021
Founded in 1966, Wolfson College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.