The Rainbow Book Club, organisers of the Port Harcourt Book Festival, and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, will be hosting three poets who were shortlisted for the 2022 Nigeria Prize for Literature on Sunday.
It was earlier reported that the poets, Suéddie Vershima Agema (Memory and the Call of Water); Romeo Oriogun (Noman), and Saddiq Dzukogi (Your Crib, My Qibla), were shortlisted on August 26, among 11 poets who made the long list of the $100,000 literature prize organised by the NLNG.
The prize is rotated yearly among four literary genres; prose, poetry, drama, and children’s literature.
This year’s winner will be announced in October.
The one-day event themed, ‘Conversations in the Garden City’ will feature the poets with engagements on their books, stage performances, and book reviews, among other activities that will improve “reader-writer” interactions and “enhance reading culture.”
Speaking to Saturday PUNCH on Wednesday, the festival director of the PBF, Koko Kalango, said, “The choice of Port Harcourt to host the shortlisted poets before an eventual winner is announced is strategic, given the pivotal role the Garden City plays in the Nigeria oil and gas sector.”
The RBC is part of the Rainbow Foundation, a platform known by culture aficionados as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization club involved in reading culture programmes.
The foundation spearheaded the naming of Port Harcourt as a UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014 through its projects in the same year.