Directly following Anisur Rahman's Creative Writing workshop, the Nordic Black Theatre will hold its 2011 International Poetry Festival on 27 September from 19.00-23.00. Writers from Kenya, Georgia, Bangladesh, and Scandinavia will present their works, in addition to the particpants in Anisur's workshop itself. Two of ICORN's writers in residence will attend, Kenya/Oslo's Philo Ikonya and Bangladeshi author Anisur Rahman, Uppsala's guest writer from 2009-2011.
The poetry festival will bring together a wide range of writers from differing backgrounds and experiences. ICORN guest writer Philo Ikonya is a novelist, poet, and journalist with a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Nairobi. Ikonya's outspoken political stances caused her to question her safety within Kenya. Anisur Rahman is a playwright and novelist who studied Literature and Linguistics at the University of Dhaka. He is the major translator of the work of Henrik Ibsen into Bengali and recently won a scholarship to write about Sweden. His play 'Lars Vik' will have its world premiere at the Theatre Blanca in Uppsala on 14 November.
For more information on the poetry festival, please visit the Nordic Black Theatre web site.