First published in creativewritingnews.com April 19. 2019
By Chidiebere Ojiego
The Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra State Chapter is set to hold a one-day reading tagged “Easter Reading” as one of the literary activities to herald the 2019 easter day celebration.This was contained in a statement released on Sunday by the state’s coordinator of the forum, Mr. Izunna Okafor in Awka.According to him, the reading is aimed at giving writers (both the burgeoning and the established) a platform and opportunity to read, discuss and analyze their works, other literary works and literature in general with fellow writers, as well as encouraging and promoting reading cultures. He noted that the reading which is slated to hold on Saturday, 20th April at the Prof. Kenneth Dike Central E-Library, beside Aroma Junction Awka, Anambra State capital, will kick off at exactly 10.am.
Responding to the question of who and who are invited, Izunna noted that the reading, just like every other readings the forum has been holding over the years, will be open to every writer or literary enthusiast who wants to be part of it, not withstanding which part of the state or country the person is coming from.He said: “Everyone is invited, both old and new members of the forum, writers and literary enthusiasts from any part of the state or the country; as long as the person has interest in being part of it, he is much welcomed”.“Participation is free; all we require is for the person to be punctual to the venue and to come with materials (books or manuscript) to read”, he added.Izunna, who himself is a published author of many books, further noted that reading is indispensable and essentially recommended to any burgeoning writer who wants to grow in the literary field, and even much more important to the established writers, if they must maintain and sustain their interest and relevance in the field.
He then invitingly called on every writer and literary enthusiast from around the state and beyond, to attend and be part of the reading, as the need and the benefits therein cannot be overemphasized.Society of Young Nigerian Writers is a forum for young/established writers, and literary enthusiasts in Nigeria; and has branches across the 36 states of the federation. The Anambra Chapter of the forum has been the literary body hosting, (among other activities), the Chinua Achebe Literary Festival which comes up annually every 16th November (Achebe’s date of birth), since 2016.According to the statement, further enquiries on the reading can be made through:firstname.lastname@example.org