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2024: Anambra Young Writers Set to Hold First Reading in the Year, Calls for Membership


By Joseph Udeze

Members of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), Anambra State Chapter, are set to hold their first reading in the year 2024, as one of the literary activities to herald and open the new year.

This was contained in a statement released in Awka on Thursday by the State’s Coordinator of the association, Izunna Okafor.

According to him, the book 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; adding that the monthly book reading is also aimed at encouraging and promoting reading cultures in the society.

He noted that the reading, which is slated to hold this Saturday, January, 21, 2024, will be held at the usual venue, the Anambra State Central Library (also known as the Prof. Kenneth Dike State Central E-Library) beside Aroma Junction, Awka, Anambra State capital, starting 10 AM prompt.

On who and who are invited to the reading, Mr. Okafor noted that the reading, just like other book reading the Society has been holding every month, is open to every writer or literary enthusiast, notwithstanding whether the person is a published author or not.

“Everyone is invited, both old and new members, 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, they are highly welcome.

“Participation is free; all we require is that the person be punctual to the reading and to come with something to read to us, be it published or unpublished poem, essay/creative article, short story, drama, book, or whatever they have to read, whether written by them or not,” the statement partly reads.

Okafor, who himself is a published author, further noted that reading is important to any burgeoning writer who wants to grow in the literary field, and is equally 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. He further hinted that young writers in the state hold their monthly reading on third Saturday of every month at the State Library.

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 the Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Memorial Lecture which holds annually every November 16 (Achebe’s date of birth), since 2016.

While calling on young and established writers and literary enthusiasts in Anambra State to join the association, Okafor also noted that further inquiries on the reading, membership and other activities of the association can be directed to:
or 08163938812

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