Kailali Poetry Slam: a performance by Pooja Goyala

Recently, Word Warriors from Dhangadhi, Surkhet and Kathmandu facilitated a spoken word poetry workshop for the selected slam participants at Shree Saraswati Secondary School, Geta, Kailali. In this video, finalist Pooja Goyala shares her personal poem in the final round of QC Awards 2018 : Kailali Poetry Slam held at Hotel Devotee, Dhangadhi.

In December, the US Embassy’s  Book Bus went to Dhangadhi with the Word Warriors for a spoken word poetry tour and the U.S. Embassy Nepal’s Dhangadhi Cultural Mela. The Book Bus and Word Warriors from Kathmandu, Surkhet and Dhangadhi organized poetry tours in around 15 schools and colleges in Dhangadhi and Attariya. During the tour, youth from Kailali between the ages of 14 to 23 were encouraged to apply to take part in a workshop and slam to be held in January. The one week tour held from December 12 to 17 was part of the Write to Speak campaign and supported by the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2017 (AEIF) along with the US Embassy Nepal’s Book Bus.

In January, the Word Warriors  facilitated a three day spoken word poetry workshop from January 15 to 17 for around 60 selected participants out of the over 100 aspiring poets who had applied to take part at Shree Saraswati Secondary School, Geta, Kailali. After the workshops, the participants went through an audition on January 18 to compete in the finals, QC Awards 2018: Kailali Poetry Slam, on January 20, 2018. For the finals, Word Warriors from Kathmandu, Surkhet and Dhangadhi came together to organize Kailali’s first ever regional poetry slam.

 QC Awards 2018: Kailali Poetry Slam concluded on Saturday.  Five young poets were declared the winners — Bashudev Bhattrai, Samiksha Malla, Siddhi Pant, Pratibha Rana, Lavdev Bhatta. The judging panel for the competition included Ganesh Nepali, Devraj Upadhyaya, Monika Guragain, Deepa Bohara Majir and Yukta Bajracharya. Our host for the event was Deepa Rawat, one of the youngest members of Word Warriors Dhangadhi. The final event which was held in Hotel Devotee, Dhangadhi finalists perform on various topics ranging from menstrual taboos, mother-daughter relationships, disability, and their school life.
In this video, finalist Pooja Goyala shares a personal poem in the final round of QC Awards 2018 : Kailali Poetry Slam held at Hotel Devotee, Dhangadhi. Her poem is a humorous depiction of a typical mother daughter relationship, that goes through a roller coaster of ups and downs, conversations and phrases, and how they impact each other’s lives. Pooja, along with 20 other enthusiastic, talented and immensely brave poets, shared their personal poems during the poetry slam.
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