Angles of light: Readings of Caribbean Poetry

LEEDS, UK — Listening to my poem Matches on the radio in England was pretty cool! Here's how it happened.

A couple of months ago I received an e-mail from award-winning Jamaican poet Juleus Ghunta, inviting me to participate in a broadcast literature festival called Writing on Airorganized by Chapel FM Arts Centre. The festival took place between the 21st and 24th of March 2019 and featured 60 original word-based programs aired on East Leeds FM Radio. Among these programs was an episode entitled Angles of Light: Readings of Caribbean Poetry produced by mr. Ghunta featuring readings by 26 Caribbean poets. The one and a half hour show aired on Saturday the 23rd of March. I cut the audio of my poem Matches from the broadcast and added some images to share it with you in this video. 

A couple of months ago I received an invitation from award-winning Jamaican poet Juleus Ghunta, to participate in a broadcast literature festival held in England entitled “Angles of Light: Readings of Caribbean Poetry.” The 1:30hr program aired last Saturday on East Leeds FM. It was so cool to hear my poem Matches on the radio in UK. I cut out this audio from the broadcast and added some images to share it with you in this video. Many thanks to Chapel FM Arts Centre for hosting Caribbean Poetry in your Writing on Air 2019 festival and much love to mr. Ghunta for including me among 26 poets and for sharing these words in your e-mail: “I am writing to invite you to participate in this programme because of your important role in Caribbean literature.” Means so much coming from you! ❤️

Posted by Rosabelle Chuchi Illes on Monday, March 25, 2019

To listen to the entire episode click here

I am grateful to Chapel FM Arts Centre for hosting Caribbean poetry in their festival. I hope to visit the centre some time in the future as it is located in a beautifully restored chapel and it is the first-ever dedicated arts centre in East Leeds. Run by community arts organization Heads Together Productions, Chapel FM Arts Centre is located in the heart of the community and is a space where new ideas are shared and challenges are taken on together to create a better society. My kind of spot!

And of course I am incredibly thankful to Juleus Ghunta for selecting me to not only represent Caribbean poetry but to specifically represent my island Aruba. In his e-mail he said his invite was based on my important role in Caribbean literature. Those words mean a lot to me coming from him!

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