Scotland and Africa Collaborate

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March 31, 2014
Posted by Linda Kaoma
Tags: African voice Badilisha poetry collaboration

2013 marked the bicentenary of the birth of David Livingstone, the nineteenth century Scottish explorer and medical missionary. Livingstone remains an important historical figure: he was widely admired in both Scotland and Africa during and after his lifetime, and he has left a diverse and substantial legacy. To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth, StAnza Festival in St Andrews, Scotland, collaborated with Badilisha Poetry X-Change to pair Scottish poets with poets from African countries that share a connection to Livingstone. The poets were each commissioned to produce a new poem in response to a poem by their poet-partner. The corresponding event took place from 7 – 10 March 2013.

Poets: Judy Taylor and Koleka Putuma (South Africa), Sheila Templeton and Batsirai Chigama (Zimbabwe), Rob Mackenzie and Checkmate Mido (Kenya).


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Exhibition of Koleka Putuma’s poems at the StAnza Festival