Ghana International Book Fair Begins Tomorrow

The Ghana International Book Fair, which brings together book publishers, authors and the reading public, among others, will commence tomorrow, Wednesday, 3rd to 7th November, 2015, at the Trade Fair Centre at La, Accra.

The 13th edition of the Book Fair is under the theme “Professional Nook Publishing and E-Services: a Resource for National Development”.

The Fair will be open each day from 9-6pm, so feel free to stroll in during the day or after work. Let us how it goes in the comment section.

You can call 0206662561 and 0302912764 for more information.

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Ghanaian-Malagasy Poet Crystal Tettey Launches Album

Ghanaian and Malagasy Poet, Spoken Word artist and singer, Crystal Tettey, will be launching her first album titled “Faith, MadaGhana” on 6 July 2013, at Café de la Gare in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Speaking exclusively to Creative Writing Ghana, the Spoken Word dynamo revealed that the recording, which is a 15-track album, comprises Spoken Word and soul/folk music performed in English, French and Malagasy. Half the album was recorded in a live acoustic environment. One half of the album was recorded in Ghana, and the other in Madagascar.

Crystal (centre) performing on stage accompanied by two guitarists.

Crystal (centre) performing on stage accompanied by two guitarists.

Clearly, the influences on the poems and songs will be varied.

Crystal relocated to Madagascar some time in the last quarter of 2012 in an apparent attempt to seek new artistic paths and regenerate her career. She has plans of returning to Ghana later this year. To like her Facebook page, click here.

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“Vocal April”: A Nite of Poetry

Rain Makers, a group of poets resident in Accra will host a night of poetry dubbed “Vocal April: Speak Responsibly” at Cafe Dez Amis on Saturday, 6 April 2013.

The event is free and is expected to run from 6.30 PM to 9.00PM. This is a brilliant way to end your Saturday evening if you live in Accra, or are just passing through the city.

The venue, Cafe Dez Amis is within the premises of Afrikiko Leisure Centre, adjacent the Flagstaff House.

National Poetry Month: 21 Days of Poetry in Ghana

In the United States, the month of April is set aside as “National Poetry Month”. The mainstay of the National Poetry Month is for booksellers, libraries, poets, schools, publishers among others, across the United States, to get together and celebrate poetry and its significance to the American culture. According to Poets.org, this year, the Academy is “celebrating the role correspondence has played in poets’ lives, as well as in their poems.”

photo credit: smallworldathome.blogspot.com

photo credit: smallworldathome.blogspot.com

The initiative was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Following the first event, the impressive venture has been fervently marked with a variety of events across the U.S. Several organisations and groups participate through readings, festivals, book displays or bazaars and many others.

In Ghana, there is no such thing as National Poetry week, much less a poetry month. With a resurgent poetry scene; one so robust and filled with very young poets who go to lengths to record poetry onto CDs, create blogs to publish their material, the absence of such a day is astonishing.

During World Poetry Day, groups of poets, supported by writing organisations including the Writers Project of Ghana and the Ghana Association of Writers, ensured that the event went beyond a day’s celebrations. Activities such as spoken word performances, poetry competition for Senior High School and concerts made sure Ghana came up to scratch. There were a few blog posts by Mutombo (a poet) and Nana (poet and literary activist).

More can be achieved indeed. The New York Review of Books is posting the works of poets and critics throughout the month. Book Blogger, Kinna Likimani, who blogs at Kinnareads is marking the National Poetry month with 21 days of poetry. She chose the theme: “poetry of the African and Diasporan Experience”. She has come up with 21 sub-themes that covers the entire geography of the African continent,  domestic life, the tropics, migrant experience etc.

We can only hope and work towards achieving a National Poetry Month in Ghana and other greater things. Happy National Poetry Month from us at Creative Writing Ghana.