A couple of months ago I received an e-mail from award-winning Jamaican poet Juleus Ghunta, inviting me to participate in a broadcast literature festival called Writing on Air, organized by Chapel FM Arts Centre. The festival took place between the 21st and 24th of March 2019 and featured 60 original word-based programs aired on East Leeds FM Radio. Among these programs was an episode entitled Angles of Light: Readings of Caribbean Poetry produced by mr. Ghunta featuring readings by 26 Caribbean poets. The one and a half hour show aired on Saturday the 23rd of March. I cut the audio of my poem Matches from the broadcast and added some images to share it with you in this video.
To listen to the entire episode click here.
I am grateful to Chapel FM Arts Centre for hosting Caribbean poetry in their festival. I hope to visit the centre some time in the future as it is located in a beautifully restored chapel and it is the first-ever dedicated arts centre in East Leeds. Run by community arts organization Heads Together Productions, Chapel FM Arts Centre is located in the heart of the community and is a space where new ideas are shared and challenges are taken on together to create a better society. My kind of spot!
And of course I am incredibly thankful to Juleus Ghunta for selecting me to not only represent Caribbean poetry but to specifically represent my island Aruba. In his e-mail he said his invite was based on my important role in Caribbean literature. Those words mean a lot to me coming from him!