Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Motswana Poet Off To UK Festival

TJ Dema will join more than two-hundred other poets in London between June 25-July 2 for a week long poetry festival!

"Poetry Parnassus" will feature readings, performances, talks, panel discussions and book launches. Among other participating poets: Irish Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney, his Nigerian counterpart Wole Soyinka, Pakistani verse master Imtiaz Dharker, and Singapore's own Alvin Pang. West African hip-hop pioneer rapper and activist Didier Awadi will also be appearing. The festival brings together poets, spoken word artists, rappers and storytellers. It is billed as one of the world’s biggest poetry events.

Dema has performed at various international festivals including France, Denmark, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe and was a delegate at the 31st Cambridge Seminar on Contemporary Literature in England. She is part of the bi-continental poetry and music ensemble Sonic Slam Chorus.

Dema has also been billed to participate in a number of additional events in the UK beyond the Poetry Parnassus week. She will feature at the Stratford Upon Avon poetry festival to be hosted in the birthplace of Shakespeare. The event is conceptualized and managed by the Southbank Centre in London.

Tickets and Access Information after the jump...

Southbank Centre, London

26 Jun - 01 Jul 2012

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
Ticket Information

Free - No Ticket Required

Access Information


Set to be the largest poetry festival ever staged in the UK, Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus brings together poets and spoken-word artists from all over the world with all competing Olympic nations represented.

This hugely ambitious project, led by Artistic Director Jude Kelly and Artist in Residence Simon Armitage, will include readings, workshops and discussions with all the poets who were nominated through public voting.

Never have so many poets and so many languages been together in one place, with each poet contributing a poem in their own language.

The poems from each of the 200-plus countries will then be presented together in the World Record Anthology.

Part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World.

'My hunch is that this will be the biggest poetry event ever – a truly global coming together of poets and a monumental poetic happening worthy of the spirit and history of the Olympics themselves.'

Simon Armitage, Southbank Centre Artist in Residence

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