Our friends at the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) have just launched a new Library in The Gambia, in partnership with Kadija Sesay’s SABLE Lit Mag. We are proud of this initiative. It was opened yesterday.
Official Launch of The African Poetry Library, The Gambia
It has taken a year of discussions, negotiations, preparations and meetings to make space for the library to bring it to fruition. We are pleased to announce the official opening of the ‘African Poetry Library, Gambia’ on Friday 9 Jan at 3pm.
We celebrate the official opening as The Gambia has been especially selected as one of five libraries on the African continent to have one of these libraries – the success of these ‘First Five’ will be closely monitored in order to establish further libraries. Gambia is already playing its part to show how much poetry is loved by Gambians – seen from the very fact that national newspapers carry daily poems; poet is often invited to perform at both small and large events.
The African Poetry Library – a Reading Library in The Gambia – is thanks to the efforts of the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF), Prairie Schooner, (the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s literary journal), and University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Libraries in conjunction with individuals and organisations in The Gambia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.
Poet, Kadija Sesay’s, literary magazine SABLE, along with the African Homecomers Collective (AHC) are the caretakers for the library. The books are being donated by the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) and the host space is being provided by the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC). On Saturday 10 January there will be an ‘Open Mic’ poetry programme for all ages and a free session on performance skills. As well as being library stewards, volunteers are working on different library projects.
· KAI Youth Movement are planning the best way to undertake outreach in schools and collating the details of all poetry and fiction books published by Gambian authors in The Gambia.
· AHC members are liaising with the Department of Education whose members are also assisting with admin and promotion.
· SABLE LitMag are sourcing equipment and resources for the library and working , with AHC, on promotion.
· All involved are collating inspirational poetry quotes – we invite people to come and share poetry quotes from celebrated individuals
More volunteers are welcome!
The first 3-month programme and other exciting news will be announced at the opening. Please come and visit the library and put your visitor message on facebook and twitter before you leave!
The Programmes for Friday 9 January and for Sat 10 Jan 2015 are attached.
Launch: Friday 9 Jan, 3pm, NCAC Office, Fajara
Public Programme: Saturday 10 Jan, Library open from 10.30 – 3pm
APBF established with funding from Laura and Robert Sillerman
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