This Is Not A Poem: “a thought-provoking evening”

Posted by Tenby Museum on Oct 19, 2019 Blog No Comments

Last night (Friday 18 October) the museum was privileged to host This Is Not A Poem, a film by award winning producer Greg Lewis and writer Eric Ngalle Charles.  The film looked at the issues of identity, belonging and tolerance, through the life experiences of Eric, a Cameroon born poet who was people trafficked through Russia before ending up in Wales.

The film, which premiered at the Dylan Thomas Centre in September, describes the life of the migrant, whose new home has allowed him to become a well-known and respected poet but whose heart still sometimes pleads with “passing birds” to carry him home.

Greg described the work as a “hymn to tolerance and diversity” and was followed by a fascinating Q&A session, where Eric expanded upon his experiences that have fuelled his writing over the past twenty years.  Curator Mark Lewis said, “The evening was very emotional, thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring.  It tackled difficult and important issues and is the type of event that museum’s and art centres need to be presenting.  We were honoured to have Eric tell his story that is so relevant in today’s political climate.”

Greg Lewis, Eric Ngalle Charles and museum Curator Mark Lewis