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Issue 468, 4 June 2001

Soyinka’s new work showcased at Leeds

Nobel prize-winning playwright and Leeds graduate Wole Soyinka (left) will be discussing his new play, King Baabu, with drama and theatre studies Professor Martin Banham and West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director, Jude Kelly at the Creative Cultures conference at the University in June. Professor Banham and Wole Soyinka were English students together at the University in the 1950s.

There will be an evening presentation at the West Yorkshire Playhouse looking at Wole Soyinka’s impressive literary works including poetry to earlier plays.

The three-day conference, organised jointly by the University and Yorkshire Arts, is the culminating event of the Year of the Artist programme in Yorkshire and aims to explore the nature of cross-cultural influences on artistic practice. Each day is structured around a different cultural and geographical theme, beginning with Africa and the Caribbean, through South and South-East Asia, and ending with the focus on Yorkshire.

The programme includes talks and debates, with a strong emphasis on performance. Literature activist, Marcia Hutchinson and dancer and choreographer David Hamilton will be reporting back on their research trips to the West Indies, exploring aspects of language and dance. Choreographer and dancer Nahid Siddiqui will be presenting a performance based on the North Indian and Spanish dance styles, Kathak and Flamenco. There will be a performance by writer Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage will be reading from their poetry.

The event will see the launch of a new publication Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, edited by school of English Professor Shirley Chew and to be published biannually from the University of Leeds.

For further details, see www.arts.org.uk/directory/regions/york/index.html

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