Guyanese poet: Mahadai Das – Poetess of My People – Presentation – 15th July 2021 11.00AM -YouTube

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Mahadai Das [1954-2003] was a gifted Guyanese poet. This recording draws on writing by Denise de Caires Narain Gurnah and Jeremy Poynting to discuss Mahadai’s early life, her voluntary stint in the Guyana National Service and her first collection of poetry, I Want to Be a Poetess of My People. The recording includes a recital of her most famous poem, They Came in Ships, by Professor Paloma Mohammed.
This clip is about 20 minutes long and premieres on YouTube on Thursday 15th July at 11AM (Guyana, Toronto, NY)/ 4PM (UK). It is a recording so it will be available at any point after that.
A second short film discussing some of Mahadai’s later poems will follow shortly.
Please share with any of your acquaintance who may enjoy this.
Moray House Trust
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