Thirty-five poets, musicians and keen listeners turned out for the 100,000 Poets for Change event yesterday afternoon. Held at Cafe Clock, it was one of many affiliated events world-wide on the same day. - Suzanna Clarke reports.
|Fez poet Ahmed El Inani reads his work|
|Fatima Bouhraka reading|
|Event organiser Mustafa Bokkoli Ferchokhi|
Kacem Loubay from Kenitra, winner of this year's Naji Naaman Literary Prize, said that "to be a poet is to feel like an exile - it is important to try and connect with the wider community."
Said Abdelhadi, from Rabat, said that "poets have always articulated the desire for freedom. Words can make a difference".
Between readings, participants and listeners - many of whom were aspiring writers - enjoyed traditional Moroccan music and sipped on orange juice and other refreshments, provided courtesy of the American Language Center.
The View From Fez team was represented in the poetry readings by Sandy McCutcheon, who read a poem he had composed while walking to the event. It included the lines:
My poems are refugees from literature...
My poems bleed onto paper
White as a winding sheet for the dead
My poems feed on one word
That word is hope.
Photographs: Suzanna Clarke