Throughout August, Young Poets Network (The Poetry Society’s global online platform for poets aged 25 and younger) is partnering with Borneo Bengkel and Wordsmiths of Kuching, two multidisciplinary writing and artistic collectives based in Malaysian Borneo.
This international programme will see young poets from across the globe take part in writing activities and learn more about what it’s like to be a poet in Malaysian Borneo.
The project emerged as part of the legacy of About Us, a project that explored lots of ways life across the world is connected, with the support of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK. In the spirit of connection, The Poetry Society is collaborating not only with Borneo Bengkel and Wordsmiths of Kuching, but also with George Town Literary Festival in Malaysia, to run this project for young poets and to co-commission new writing later in the year. The Poetry Society thanks the British Council for making this collaboration possible.
The poets taking part in this partnership are Adi HJ, Angelina Bong, Bethany Luhong Balan and Maclean Patrick.
Over August, they will be creating:
- An online writing workshop for 14-25s on the Malaysian poetic form of the pantun, and the European version of the pantoum – sign up here
- An online writing workshop for 14-25s on visual and collage poetry, inspired by Malaysian motifs – sign up here
- A writing challenge for poets aged 25 and younger, showing them how to write pantun inspired by photographs – submit you entry now
- A feature exploring code-switching and multilingualism in poetry – read here
- And this introduction of them and their work
Participation is free and open to young poets based all over the world, though young poets in Malaysia are particularly encouraged to take part.
Visit Young Poets Network and subscribe to its free mailing list to find out more about this exciting new collaboration.