The Youth of Poetic Discourse, Culture Sector Intellectual Watch

The Youth of Poetic Discourse

If poetry arises from wonder and discovery, the youth of its discourse is now and forever. The oratory arts which convey it were once dismissed as obsolete. But an irresistible flow of urban culture has durably thrust their playful, dissident ways upon the public scene. They rap, slam, hip hop to a global beat. What makes them tick? How much anger? How much hope? How much longing for identity? Alterity? Dialogue?
Leanne O'Sullivan was born in Cork in 1983 and has won Ireland’s major poetry competitions such as SeacatPoetry Competition, RTE Rattlebag Poetry Slam and Davoren Hanna Award for Young Emerging Irish Poets. Her first collection Waiting for my Clothes, published by Bloodaxe 2004, traces a deeply personal journey through the tortuous corridors of adolescence and experience of the redemptive properties of writing. Her latest collection Cailleach: The Hag of Beara was published by Bloodaxe en 2009

Jacqueline Bishop is the author of two collections of poems: Fauna and Snapshots from Istanbul both published by Peepal Tree Press in the UK. She is also the author of My Mother Who Is Me: Life Stories from Jamaican Women in New York; Writers Who Paint, Painters Who Write: Three Jamaican Artists; and the novel, The River's Song. Ms. Bishop is the founding editor of Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a 2008-2009 Fulbright award to Morocco and is a 2009-2010 UNESCO/Fulbright Fellow. She is also an accomplished visual artist.

John Banzaï is a poet, rapper, slammer and lyricist who has worked with artists of every genre, creating, performing and recording the solo album LOVERdose, as well as many works of duel, ranging from rap to slam, to music and a capella, such as Mike Sylla’s, Slam Opera, together with dancer Benedicth Sene, Dj Wamba, the collectives Les Nubians and Les Echos (the Nubians reunited with their American and French poets), « Black Octopus », Bam, C-Lia Faussart. He is of Anglo-Polish, and co-authored with Souleymane Diamanka, numerous poems including J’écris en français dans une langue étrangère (Editions Complicité ) (“I write in French in a Foreign Language”). He has a degree in modern literature and conducts slam and creative writing workshops.


Type of Event Staff Meetings
Start 10.03.2010 11:30 local time
End 10.03.2010 12:45 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Albernaz, Frances
Organizer Culture Sector
Contact Frances Albernaz
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 1 rue Miollis
Room Room XVI
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Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
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