I will be weaving words, thoughts, and ideas together to create a poem which reflects the special qualities of Nottinghamshire libraries and the people who use them. Let me know if you’ve missed your library during lockdown? What you’re looking forward to doing there in the future? Whether you borrow books, attend children’s theatre or workshops, enjoy jazz gigs, storytelling, heritage or author events, participate in art workshops or meet friends in your library, I’d love to hear from you.
To Get Involved all you need to do is send me up to 50 words on the theme of My Inspire Library. This could be a line or two of your own poetry, a description of your library, a story or memory about something you enjoy doing there, or just a few carefully-chosen words about what your Inspire library means to you.
How to send your words to me:
- Email email@example.com
- Use the Twitter or Facebook @NottsLibraries
- Write on the back of a leaflet and ask library staff where you can leave it.
Deadline for participating is: Monday 14 September 2020.
The completed collaborative poem will be performed by me for the Inspire Annual General Meeting (AGM ) on Thursday 15 October and live-streamed free. You can also find it on the Inspire website from 16 October.
More Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Panya Banjoko
Panya Banjoko is a UK-based writer and poet. She has toured internationally, coordinates a writers’ and artists’ network and is patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.
Her work has featured in numerous anthologies including the award-winning Dawn of the Unread series published by LeftLion magazine in 2016. In 2017 her poem ‘One of a Kind’ was commended in the Writing East Midlands Aurora poetry competition and her poem ‘They and Them’ was featured in an exhibition by artist, academic and critic Keith Piper at the Beaconsfield Gallery, London.
She received the Women in the Arts Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2008 and the Black Achievers Culture, Music and Arts Award for her work as a poet in 2017.
Publications:Banjoko, Panya, ‘Things You Wouldn’t Say to Your Daughter’, Clever Girls ed. Jackie Goode (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 165-180. Critical-creative essay.
Banjoko, Panya, Some Things, (Bristol: Burning Eye Books, 2018). Poetry collection.
Banjoko, Panya, ‘Insomniac’s Count’, Nottingham, ed. Miggy Angel (Nottingham: Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities, 2019), pp. 51-54.
Banjoko, Panya ed., When We Speak, An Anthology of Black Writing in Nottingham, (Nottingham: Nottingham Black Archive, 2018).
Banjoko, Panya, ‘Santa Circa. 2092’, Christmas Crackers: Ten Poems to Surprise and Delight, (Nottingham: Candlestick Press, 2017), p. 8. Re-published as the weekly poem for Oxford Brookes University, December 4, 2017.
Banjoko, Panya, ‘Powe Meets Africanus’, Dawn of the Unread ed. James Walker (Nottingham: Spokesman Books, 2017).
Banjoko, Panya, ‘Brain Drain’, IC3, An Anthology of New Black Writing in Britain, eds. Courttia Newland and Kadija Sesay (London: Penguin Press, 2000), p. 163.
Banjoko, Panya, ‘The Offering’, Random Acts of Kindness, An Anthology of Poetry and Flash Fiction for Nottingham Peacebuilders eds. Cathy Lesurf, Anthony Cropper, Sheelagh Gallagher (Nottingham: Spokesman Books, 2017), p. 36.
Banjoko, Panya, ‘Mike’s Story’, ‘Love Matters’, and ‘360’, The ‘Art of Nottingham (Nottingham: Nottingham Jubilee Press, 2013), pp. 129-131.
Banjoko, Panya, ‘Beside the Pool’, ‘Arriving’, and ‘Dirty Gold’, Through the Aether (Nottingham: Nottingham Jubilee Press, 2012), pp.176 – 177, 180.
Banjoko, Panya, ‘Arriving’, Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets, eds. Jackie Kay, James Proctor, Gemma Robinson (Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books, 2012), p. 177.
When Carnival Came’ TunTum Housing, 2020.
‘A Pause’ Nottingham City Arts, 2020.
‘Dream Here’ Pathways Mural Project, New Art Exchange and the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) University of Nottingham, 2016.
Banjoko, Panya, Hari at the Castle (Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Museum Service, 2010)
Banjoko, Panya, Bibi’s Museum Adventure (Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Museum Service, 2008)
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