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The 1st Nairobi International Poetry Festival — 2005

Press release

The very first Nairobi International Poetry Festival will be held from March 21 to 23, 2005. The theme of the festival will be The Imagination of Poetry in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic.

Suitable topics for 20-minute presentations could involve a multitude of perspectives. The topics listed below are indicative but not exclusive:

  • Poetry and HIV/AIDS (continuum from prevention to care)
  • Poetry and sexuality
  • Poetry and gender
  • Poetry and virginity
  • Poetry and poverty
  • Poetry and spirituality

Poetry performances are encouraged, as there will be poetry readings from renowned African poets, as well as from the rest of the world. Nairobi will be full of poetry, as the poets will be holding readings and open mics in different centres of Nairobi. The festival committee also plans to work with selected authors to publish a thematic volume to be published in 2006. The title of the volume will be Poetry Against Aids: Voices from the World. The festival proceedings will also be published.

Proposals for the poetry festival should include:

  • Registration US$2,000 (to cover accommodation, local travel, meals)
  • Individual or Co-authored papers
  • Entire sessions of 4 papers
  • Sample of work (at least 10 poems) or a book
  • Author/panellist/poet name(s), postal address, telephone/fax/e- mail address, paper title, session title 100 word (maximum) abstract of the paper/panel.

Important dates to note

Abstract deadline: September 15, 2004
Registration deadline: September 15, 2004.

For further information, please contact:
1st Nairobi International Poetry Festival
PO Box 8918
00300 Ronald Ngala Street
Nairobi
Kenya

Or mail to either: cfg_cfg2000@yahoo.com
or kibachia@yahoo.com


LitNet: 12 May 2004

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