Tuesday, 30 October 2012

NEWS + NOTES: The advent of Tribe Sankofa + Lorna Goodison delights at Durham Book Festival

VOICE AND VERSE: Jamaican literary legend Lorna Goodison recently had the distinction of serving as the Poet Laureate of the 2012 Durham Book Festival in the UK. Each year, Durham University, working with the school’s English department, brings an outstanding writer to the city for the festival and to commission a new piece of work from them. The Laureate also undertakes special events with students of the university. Goodison, whose many honours include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and a Gold Musgrave Medal from the IOJ, read from her work at two free-to-the-public readings (October 25 and 26) hosted by Chad’s College and the Durham Town Hall, where she was warmly introduced by distinguished Professor Stephen Regan. On the 25th, Goodison engagingly explored “The Poems That Made Me,” where she talked about the poems that influenced her as a young writer growing up in Jamaica, while on the 26th, she gave a special reading of her work for the festival, including the newly commissioned poem. 


WORD, SOUND, POWER: Introducing Tribe Sankofa. According to Founder and Artistic Director, Fabian Thomas, who also performs with the unit, it’s “a 15-member performing arts group comprised of a vibrant and eclectic cadre of multi-talented performers who are combining their artistry to add an exciting new dimension to the performing arts landscape of Jamaica and the rest of the world. Our niche is spoken word/poetry, soulful song-styling uniquely blended with other visual and performing arts. Our vision and market is global.” The group’s debut season, dubbed Word-Soul: The Deluxe Edition, is slated for Nov 24-25 at the Edna Manley College’s Vera Moody Concert Hall. A fundraising benefit performance of Aston Cooke’s rib-tickling revue Jamaica Fifty 2 Rahtid on Thursday, November 1 at the Pantry Playhouse will go towards the upcoming 2-night event. To learn more, visit facebook.com/tribesankofa and twitter.com/tribesankofa.




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