Live Unchained is preparing to bring London-based Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer, Warsan Shire, to Washington, DC for the first Live Unchained annual awards ceremony, "Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful". If you've missed previous posts about Live Unchained my collaborations with them and interviews, including one with co-founder and "Chief Visionary Officer" (love that!), Kathryn Buford, then you need to check out this international arts organisation for women across the African diaspora.
The upcoming awards ceremony is named after a line from one of Warsan's popular poems, "For Women Who Are Difficult to Love" (catch a video of it in this post). Warsan writes about womanhood, love and social justice and her poetry has garnered international acclaim (including the 2007 International Slam Championship).
Her first written book of poetry,“Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth,” discusses women, love, loneliness, and war. Warsan has performed internationally, most recently in South Africa, Italy, and Germany and her poems have been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The poet will be hosting a workshop with Live Unchained about healing through narrative, as well as running a panel discussion on cultural activism and of course, performing at the awards ceremony.
When is this you ask?
Autumn/Fall 2014. Put the date in your diary, spread the word and help to make it happen by contributing to the Live Unchained Indiegogo campaign. If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, your contribution will entitle you to some goodies, which may include the beautiful T-shirt pictured above (depending on the size of your contribution). The campaign ends on March 13th (that's this Wednesday) so act fast to make this event, and your goodies, possible!
Catch Warsan performing in London (UK) this weekend as part of the Women of the World Festival.
Find out more about "Terrifyling, Strange and Beautiful" via the Live Unchained below (RSS readers click here)
Portrait of Warsan via her Tumblr. All other images courtesy of Live Unchained
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