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Senghor poetry to honour Soyinka

Published: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wole Soyinka’s birthday is on July 13.

Writer and poet Kasi Senghor will launch his latest book, Is like This, at Nalis on June 27. 

 

Senghore, a past president of the Writers’ Union of T&T and current PRO of The Circle of Poets of T&T, will launch his book as part of the commemoration of the 80th birthday of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka of Nigeria. 

 

The commemoration event entitled The WS80 Golden Age Poetry Pioneers Project is being hosted by Culture House in collaboration with the Circle of Poets T&T. The event has been endorsed by Nigeria-based Zmirage Multimedia Ltd, the organising body of The Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange and Essay Competition. 

 

Dr Yvonne Bobb-Smith in the foreword said of Senghor’s poetry collection, “…each poem regardless of its weight can engage readers to explore their own feelings, to raise their own questions or to redefine the problems the poet delineates. In other words, this collection, without a dogma attached, provides an opportunity for participation with a critical voice. As a result, the emotional impact is strong as the poet seems to present issues of our human condition with intent to make a person accountable…” 

 

A release from the organisers said the Nalis event will also feature “New Golden Age Poets”, members of The Circle who have entered the realm of poetry and performance in their senior years. They will read Professor Soyinka’s poetry and present their original works. Eintou Pearl Springer will deliver the feature address at the Nalis event.

 

This project is GAPP project is a forerunner of the first ever Wole Soyinka GOlden Age Poetry Pioneer Awards, a memory project honouring the legacy of our nation’s poets who emerged during the 1970’s. 

 

The award ceremony will be a gala event, scheduled for July 14.