Working in Nepal, like Suvani di, our wonderful boss, said during one of our Skype conversations, is always going to be volatile. After the earthquake and then the current political instability that also affected one of our programming regions, Birgunj, our plans for Write to Speak took an early turn to Pokhara.
Last week, the Write to Speak team visited Pokhara to scout out literary groups, schools and colleges as well as individuals who would be interested in spoken word poetry. From Random Readers, a group of youth literature-enthusiasts who want to develop the art and reading culture in Pokhara, to meeting poet Saraswati Pratikshya to visiting about a dozen of schools and colleges, there was a lot of going around that we did. Everywhere, we were welcomed with lots of enthusiasm – it looks like Pokhara is ever ready for poetry. We were told that there are about 52 active, literature-related groups in Pokhara and on any given Saturday, there is at least one literary event that happens.
We even attended a poetry evening dedicated to BP Koirala on his memorial day at Kumudini Homes, one of the schools we are looking forward to work with, and did a brief radio interview for Pokhara FM 95.8 MHz with Sanjay Malla.
We’re excited to bring spoken word poetry to this city that is already brimming with so much of energy. Our introductory tour starts in October. Come join us!
(More details coming up soon…)
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