Bringing poetry alive

2017-12-19 06:01
Andrew Manyika.

Andrew Manyika.

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HILLCREST High was part of a visit organised by Poetry Africa, with poets Andrew Manyika and Crystal Valentine, who spoke to a group of senior pupils­.

Manyika is a Zimbabwean comedian and award-winning poet and writer.

Manyika established his career in Johannesburg where in 2010 he won the University of Johannesburg International Students Poetry Competition. In 2011 he won his first slam - the Drama For Life Poetry Slam, and has followed this up with appearances at national and international festivals including the WordNSound Festival (2011-2015), and the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) 2014.

In 2013 Manyika hosted the WordNSound International Poetry Festival, where he was nominated in the WordNSound Awards (Best Showcase; Perfect Poem).
In 2015 he hosted the Shoko Festival Comedy Night, and become anthologised in “Home is Where the Mic Is” a collection of African poetry published in SA.

In February 2016 he debuted his one-man show Love & Laughter and in 2017 he had his maiden American tour at the BackDoor Comedy Club (Dallas), The Bridgewater International Poetry Festival 2017 and Furious Flower Poetry Centre (the first Zimbabwean to appear at these venues).

Valentine is a writer, activist and teacher. She earned a BA in psychology at NYU, where she is returning as a MFA candidate in Poetry.
Valentine is a Callaloo fellow, a two-time winner of the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, the 2015 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, and the ninth ranked female poet in the world by way of the 2016 Woman of the World Poetry Slam.
She recently placed second at the 2017 National Poetry Slam festival with the Brooklyn poetry slam team.
She uses her platform to spread joy and self-love by advocating for her community.

Pupils who performed were given Poetry Africa posters and T-shirts.

Teacher, Michelle Naudé was excited that her pupils could be exposed to this opportunity and was certain it would fire their imagination, create inspired works of word-art. - Supplied.

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