Irie Bards! Wales Jamaica Poetry LinksBlack History is our Shared History
Learning Links International has been successful in gaining funds to undertake initial reserach into the links between Jamaican and Welsh Poetry.
And plans are in hand to turn this research project into a Welsh and Jamaican Poetry tour of Wales as part of the Cymru / Jamaica Festival in 2017 to focus on our shared histories and shared passion for poetry!
This is an idea supported by the North Wales Jamaica Society, Learning links International and Strickly Roots, as part of the “Wales Atlantic and World Wide Links” project.
Rhys Trimble invited Jamaican poet, Yasus Afari, to perform at the Blue Skies in Bangor as part of the North Wales International Poetry Festival in Black History Month in October.
The plans build on the very successful event put on at the Moyleci Environmental Centre by Learning Links International a few years ago. The main tour will take place in 2016, with work done during BHM to explore and pilot options, it will also and will include school workshops that will support the production of a Wales / Jamaica Youth Anthology of Poetry presented tri-lingually.
Yasus Afari met collegues at Moyleci Environmental Centre during the summer in 2010 and with support from Learning Links International, put on a great “Building Bridges” event with fellow poet Richard Douglas Pennant at Moyleci. Pictured here are poet Martin Daws, John Fazey and Yasus Afari at Moyleci.