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Poets Colonizing in (Re)VERSE at Red Bones Café tonight

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Yashika Graham (left) and Dr Velma Pollard. Contributed

Three of Jamaica's finest contemporary voices and performance poets, Yashika Graham, Richard 'Dingo' Dingwall and Mel Cooke, are gearing up to participate in Jamaica Rising, a series of poetry readings across Bristol, a rising cultural epicentre in the United Kingdom. But before starting the trek, they will present Colonization in (Re)VERSE, at Redbones Blues Café tonight.

Colonization in (Re)VERSE will give Jamaican audiences a taste of the performances in Bristol (October 10 and 11), which will reflect Professor Mervyn Morris' delivery of the annual poetry reading at the Bristol Poetry Institute.

Graham, Dingo and Cooke are included in Jamaica Rising to bring greater attention and exposure to the wealth of talent emerging from Jamaica, by showcasing newer voices alongside the poetic patriarch, Professor Morris. These three poets, who have been making a positive name for themselves on the local stage, got on the international radar via the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's initiative, Arts in the Park - the Spoken Word Edition. The Reggae Month event featuring a range of Jamaican poets was held at Devon House as part of the ministry's thrust to promote the cultural industries.

Unfortunately, the organisers of the Bristol series of events were not successful in raising sufficient grant funding to cover the international travel costs of the three poets. The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has further cemented their commitment to the initiative and promoting brand Jamaica by underwriting 50% of the outstanding sum. The poets will be raising the additional funds through the aptly titled night of poetry Colonization in (RE)VERSE where they will be joined by some excellent guest performers including poet Velma Pollard, comedian/poet Michael Abrahams and singer/poet Jah9.

Colonization in (Re)Verse gets under way at 7 p.m., tonight. Entry to the fundraiser is $1,000.