Book Release Party and World Poetry Day
Join us as we unveil Nwachukwu Egbunike’s debut collection of poems Blazing Moon. Egbunike is a blogger and essayist.
In commemoration of the 2015 World Poetry Day celebration, the March edition of ARTMOSPHERE will also play host to Dami Ajayi, a medical doctor and author of the poetry collection, Clinical Blues.
Both poets will read from their collections and discuss the creative process, governance, political, as well as social issues. There will also be book signings and music performances by D’Jazz Band at the event.
Blazing Moon is a book that draws you out, strips you naked, and asks you to confront yourself, define yourself and know who you are. There is no room for quibbles, for middle-of-the road stances: you must yourself pick up the gauntlet and fight your own battle of honour, of faith, of self. In this you will confront striking contrasts that paint human follies in the garb of lifting sanctity: thirsty, loves the drought; hungry, loves the famine; the contents though spilled, yet never exhausted. You would be telling yourself, I know a story like that. Thoughtful, aware and introspective, Egbunike publicly invites the reader to share in his skeptical penetration of conventional patterns.
Clinical Blues is a moveable feast of ideas, recollections, aspirations and apparitions of desire in the collective but submerged consciousness of the new Africa. Dami Ajayi, on the basis of this collection follows in a great tradition of medical doctors who were writers, and is also able to catch the inflections of Anglo-American modernisms – his poems resonate with Eliot’s arch wit and startling images and phrasing. At times lyrical, at times satirical, this is poetry of vision, humanity, and genuine literary value. Lines and observations lift free of essays on housewives, on God, on love, on the medical clinic. This is a book everyone interested in emerging African voices should own.
ARTMOSPHERE is the leading monthly platform for the revival of a vibrant reading culture and the promotion of creative expressions in literature, music and the arts amongst Nigeria’s teeming youth population.
The event will take place from 3PM to 6PM on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Additional information about the event, together with details about how to get to the venue at the NuStreams Conference & Culture Centre, KM 110, Iyaganku Road, off Alalubosa GRA, Ibadan are available on our fanpage: www.facebook.com/writehouseng.
About the Poets
- DAMI AJAYI
Dami Ajayi was born in Nigeria. He studied medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is the co-founder of the international online literary magazine, Saraba. His poems have appeared on MapleTree Literary Supplement, African Writing, Sentinel Nigeria, AnnArbor Review, Sunday Revue, Nigerians Talk and elsewhere. He was nominated as one of the “Eight Nigerian Poets Whose Poems Delight” in 2011. Clinical Blues, his debut collection of poems was shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 International Melita Hume Poetry Prize and longlisted for the Erbacce Poetry Prize in the same year.
- NWACHUKWU EGBUNIKE
Nwachukwu Egbunike lives in Ibadan, Nigeria. He studied Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Nigeria and Communication and Language Arts at the University of Ibadan, respectively. His research interests are: social media, political participation and social movements. He is the editor of AfricanHadithi, writes for Global Voices Online and curates a blog – FeathersProject.wordpress.com. Nwachukwu is the author of Blazing Moon, a collection of poems as well as a collection of essays titled, Dyed Thoughts: a Conversation in and from My Country (2012). He can be found on Twitter as @feathersproject.