Top UK poet to grace Intwasa Festival

TOP United Kingdom poet Deanna Rodger has caught the eye of Intwasa Arts Festival ko Bulawayo as she is billed to perform at the top event in September which is running under the theme My Intwasa, Your Intwasa, Our Intwasa.

BY LUYANDUHLOBO MAKWATI

Rodger has won various competitions which include the UK Slam Poetry Competition in 2007-2008 and has performed at prestigious venues that include Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.

She will share the stage with local female poets during the Women, Words and Wine Poetry Night at this year’s edition of the popular arts and cultural fiesta, according to festival organiser Raisedon Baya.

Baya said this year they had decided to give more female poets the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills.

“The Women, Words and Wine Poetry Night will see more women conducting performances. Their works of poetry have amplified women voices through acts that they have performed,” he said.

Multi-talented artiste Nomashawekazi Damasane, popularly known as Lady Tshawe, who is known for her breathtaking performances embedded in her artistic style, expression and image, will be a must to watch.

Other female artistes who will feature in the event include Tinashe Tafirenyika who is a wordsmith in her own right.

She started performing poetry in 2013.

Since then she has graced Shoko Festival, Protest Arts International Festival (PAIF) and Book Café. She will be making a debut appearance at Intwasa.

Harare-based Moreblessing Size, a poet, writer and librarian, is also among the performance poets that will grace the night.
Her poetry centres on life, its struggles and components, especially love and women issues.

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