As part of the programmes since becoming UNESCO World Book Capital, twelve selected writers from all over Nigeria on Sunday, 5th October, started a three week residency at Soghai Farms, Port Harcourt.
The Writers in Residence programme gives both published and unpublished Nigerian writers an opportunity to develop their writing skills and exchange ideas. The training sessions will be taken by Lindsay Barrett, Chimeka Garricks, Eghosa Imaseun among other literary professionals. The writers are expected to draw inspiration from the theme of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014: Books – Windows to our World of Possibilities, and write stories which would then be published in an anthology.
Speaking to Sabinews, Micheal, an undergraduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and alumni of Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop said, “I feel good to be accepted into the programme. It is a powerful endorsement of my writing. I feel great to be sharing a new writing environment with other emerging writers.”
The World Book Capital was conferred by UNESCO on Port Harcourt on World Book and Copyright Day April 23, 2014 and the city will carry the title till April 22, 2015. Port Harcourt is the first World Book Capital City in sub-sahara Africa. The World Book Capital Project started in 2001 by UNESCO as an acknowledgement of cities with the best programme dedicated to books and reading.
Since becoming the World Book Capital, several projects have been organized and are still ongoing including the Reading Tree and Book Clubs, the Walking Book and National Essay competition for students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions respectively across Port Harcourt and Nigeria.
The Writers in Residence will wrap up at the Port Harcourt Book Festival which will take place from 20th to 26th October, 2014.
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