LRDU Celebrates World Poetry Day

Written by on March 23, 2024

The Learning Resource Development Unit (LRDU) and the English Language Unit (ELU) of the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) joined with Guyana and the rest of the world in celebrating World Poetry Day on Thursday March 21, 2024. The theme for this year, “Standing on the shoulders of Giants”, encourages us to reflect on the contributions of poets and recognise the impact of their works.

Natasha Troyer- Teacher, Poet and her sons on the drums performing original poem “When I Die”

The LRDU hosted Rising with Giants- Circle of Poets, an event where students, teachers and other invited guests indulged in poetry. The participants presented different styles of poetry and covered a variety of themes like education, current affairs, life, death, love, and patriotism.

Director of NCERD Mrs. Oma Ramdin

During her brief remarks, Director of NCERD Mrs. Oma Ramdin stated that World Poetry Day “focuses the spotlight on being creative.” She recognised that even as a creative outlet, poetry is an effective means of discussing topical issues and raising awareness. Therefore, while she encouraged the attendees to continue writing, Mrs. Ramdin admonished them to be responsible, as their words can have significant impact.

“Keep writing because you never know where your creativity will take you”- Oma Ramdin, Director NCERD

Coming on the heels of World Storytelling Day (March 20) which celebrates local stories and folklore, this year’s World Poetry Day theme turns our attention to local poets and by extension the local arts fraternity of authors, actors, comedians, storytellers and so on. Hence, Learning Resource Development Officer Mrs. Myra Pierre-Moore, who was the chief organiser of the event, highlighted that NCERD’s library has a growing collection of works by Guyanese poets. Thus, she invites all poets, as well as authors and playwrights to visit the library at NCERD in Kingston, Georgetown to discuss how their pieces can be featured, even if they’re for sale.

Carlene Gill-Kerr performing original poem “Bourda Street”

The theme, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”, also provides an opportunity for poets and artists in general to learn from the experiences of their predecessors. It’s a chance for upcoming artists to learn how to cultivate and eventually earn a living from their craft.

Keon Heywood- Poet

 

In an earlier interview with EdYouFM, Guyanese poet Keon Heywood advised poets to continually improve their skill. Heywood recommended enrolling in the Institute of Creative Arts, The National School of Theatre Arts and Drama (of which he is a graduate) as well as the Theatre Guild to nurture your craft through practical experience. He also suggested taking a more conventional academic approach and pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or studies in English or Communications. Further, he mentioned searching for online master classes and training sessions. According to Heywood, while these qualifications are not prerequisites, they help to enhance your craft.

“If you want to pursue [poetry] professionally, do it. Do not let anyone stop you or dissuade you or kill your dream.”
– Keon Heywood

Story by -Carlene Samuel


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