Cre­ative writ­ing work­shop equips poets

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SEVEN poets re­cently re­ceived cer­tifi­cates for com­plet­ing a two-week cre­ative writ­ing work­shop at the Al­liance Fran­caise which was aimed at re­viv­ing po­etry in the coun­try.

Bangladesh-born poet Dr Has­san Ma­sum and Al­liance Fran­caise di­rec­tor Remi Beghin pre­sented the cer­tifi­cates for the work­shop which was con­ducted by the for­mer with the aim of fos­ter­ing link­ages be­tween lo­cal and Bangladeshi po­etry.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Has­san, the idea is to bridge the gap be­tween in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal po­etry whilst also de­vel­op­ing the cul­ture of writ­ing in Le­sotho.

“The aim is to cre­ate a her­itage of po­etry through writ­ers by host­ing work­shops to foster unity be­tween Le­sotho and Bangladeshi po­etry as well as the rest of the globe,” Dr Has­san said of the work­shop which ran from 13 April and ended on Fri­day.

“Al­liance Fran­caise gave us the plat­form to host the work­shops and we started with the seven writ­ers.

“We dis­cussed in­ter­na­tional po­etry as well as the tech­nics of writ­ing and the par­tic­i­pants were given dif­fer­ent themes to write on and they per­formed well,” he said.

Dr Has­san said he in­tended to spread the work­shops to high schools through­out the coun­try.

“Some of the teach­ers like Ms Radah Pil­lai from Mach­abeng have al­ready shown in­ter­est in hav­ing their stu­dents par­tic­i­pate.

“We plan to have a team of 12 pupils from each school who will par­tic­i­pate in a work­shop. The idea is to start in Maseru and then spread to other dis­tricts un­til ev­ery high school in the coun­try is cov­ered,” Dr Has­san said.

Speak­ing to Xpress Peo­ple on the side­lines of the event, one of the seven poets, Lekhooa Mon­toeli hailed the pro­ject as the be­gin­ning of the re­vival of po­etry in Le­sotho.

“I had stopped writ­ing be­cause there was noth­ing to mo­ti­vate and the po­etry scene was as good as dead.

“I learned about this work­shop from a friend who was al­ready work­ing with Dr Has­san and through it I was able to res­ur­rect the writ­ing spirit and re­alise that I can change many peo­ple’s lives through my work.

“I love po­etry and I be­lieve this will fur­ther ex­pose us on the in­ter­na­tional plat­form,” Mon­toeli said.

Dr Has­san Ma­sum hands over a cer­tifi­cate to one of the par­tic­i­pants.

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