Preparations are in top gear for the 4th edition of Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers Ltd’s annual literary festival ‘Feast of words’, Samson Iruesiri Kukogho, the founder of the festival, has said.
Blueprint Weekend reports that ‘Feast Of Words’ is one of Nigeria’s most anticipated literary festivals, especially among the younger generation of writers.
It is a unique, one-day, non-ticketed literary festival that features performances, discussion panels, award presentations, book readings, poetry, musical, and drama performances.
Samson said: “Over the years, the festival has become a much-anticipated opportunity for young writers from all over Nigeria to interact with each other face-to-face.
‘FEAST OF WORDS 2018’ would be holding on the 1st of December 2018 in
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The Theme ‘TELLING OUR STORIES’ #FeastOfWords2018 and the venue is THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, IBADAN, IBADAN, OYO STATE.
“The one day event will start from 10:00 AM – 6 PM. It will have Workshops (Poetry & Prose), Panel Discussion, Book Readings, Performances (Drama, Music and Poetry), Book Unveiling, Library Project Activation and Award Presentations.”
According to him, “everyone who attends will get a free copy of the Brigitte Poirson Poetry competition.”
He explained that The FEAST OF WORDS is one of the many ways through which Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers Ltd., promote Nigerian writing and support the development of young Nigerian writers.
He added that the Festival presents an opportunity for interaction and networking amongst young writers all over the country. The 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions had in attendance writers and literary enthusiast from all over the country.
Kukogho also called on all book lovers to donate used and new copies of books “for our Library project which we plan to unveil on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 as part of activities lined up for the 2018 edition of the annual WRR Literary Festival – ‘FEAST OF WORDS’.
“Our target is to donate 1000 books to students of our host institution – the INTERNATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOL IBADAN, in furtherance of our overall aim of promoting literary excellence in Nigeria, specifically among young writers” He said.
Other ways the organization gives back to the public are: YOUTHNGAGE: In 2015, Words Rhymes & Rhythm launched the ‘WRR YouthNGAGE’ initiative in recognition of the need to support young Nigerian writers of school age, towards the realization of their full potentials.
Green Author Prize (GAP): Was introduced in 2015 as an annual award in recognition of the need to give upcoming Nigerian writers a chance to get heard in a clime where the prohibitive cost of publishing has silenced many.
Four young Nigerian writers age 14 to 24, Selected from four zones: North, South East and West of Nigeria by a team of young and established Nigerian writers, will be jointly published as co-authors of one book.
Nigeria Teachers Award: The WRR NIGERIAN TEACHERS AWARD (WRR-NTA) is an annual prize sponsored by Words Rhymes & Rhythm to recognize and reward Nigerian teachers for their contributions to the development of education and the literary industry.
Brigitte poison Poetry Contest, BPPC: This is a monthly writing contest aimed at rewarding young poetry talents in Nigeria. It was instituted in February 2015 in honor of Brigitte Poirson, a French poet and lecturer, editor, who has over the years worked assiduously to promote and support of African poetry.
Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize and Albert Jungers Poetry Prize are also part of the organisations initiatives.