WriteHouse Collective, a leading social enterprise and hotspot for reading culture events, books and creative media is unveiling another special event in Lagos called the WriteHouse Notable Series.
The curators of Artmosphere, a literature, culture and performance event recognised the need to celebrate the achievements of writers who have contributed immensely to the Nigerian literary space through their published works, literary engagements as well as provision of the much needed mentoring and support for younger writers.
By celebrating the contribution of writers of who have aided the preservation of our history and existences through their literary outputs, WriteHouse hopes to help reignite a love for reading amongst the country’s teeming young whilst also providing a platform that allows for the cross-fertilization of ideas between the established professionals and emerging cultural practitioners.
The maiden edition of this event is made possible through the support of SarabaMagazine, Patabah Bookstore and our literary friends in Lagos. It will celebrate the contributions of Tade Ipadeola, one of Nigeria’s prolific and relentless poets and winner of the Delphic Laurel in Poetry. Tade’s latest collection, The Sahara Testaments has been longlisted for the NLNG Nigerian Prize for Literature. The event will provide the audience an opportunity to interact with his works digging up critical commentary in a rare and conducive ambience. It will also give the poet a leverage to share personal stories that have helped in shaping the philosophical core of his writings.
The maiden edition of WriteHouse Notable Series holds on Saturday, August 24, 2013.
Venue: Patabah Bookstore, B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall (Shoprite), Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
TIME: 2pm – 5pm.
Tade Ipadeola was born in 1970. He has published three volumes of poetry-A Time of Signs (2000) and The Rain Fardel (2005). His short stories and essays have been published in diverse media. In 2009, he won the Delphic Laurel in Poetry with his poem “Songbird” in Jeju, South Korea. His third volume of poetry, The Sahara Testaments-a sequence of 1000 quatrains on the nuances of the Sahara is his latest work. The book was published by Hornbill House of the Arts, Lagos.
The Sahara Testaments has been described as an exceptional and deliberate effort of the poet to explore transnational decimals and the role of Africa in shaping the world. Rotimi Babatunde, winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing (2012) submits that:
In this collection of poetry, his third, the poet challenges himself as well as his audience…The Sahara Testament is remarkable in its blending of elements from two traditions of the epic-the broad sweep of narrative and intellectual rigour of the philosophical-with the haunting immediacy of the personal lyric.
The Sahara Testaments was recently long-listed for the 2013 NLNG Nigerian Prize for Literature.
Tade Ipadeola is president of the PEN (Nigeria Centre). He lives in Ibadan where he specialises in intellectual property law.