This Is Not A Poem

Posted by Tenby Museum on Sep 23, 2019 Blog, Event Archive No Comments

On Friday 18 October Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is pleased to welcome Cameroon-born poet Eric Charles Ngalle and BAFTA Cymru and New York Festivals award-winning film-maker Greg Lewis to present their work This Is Not A Poem.

The film explores identity, diversity, racism and tolerance and is based on Eric’s work, which has been described by Owen Sheers as using “a unique theatrical language”. The film will be followed by a Q&A session between Eric and Greg, focusing on poetry, race and identity, and audience participation in these discussions is actively encouraged.

Greg has described the work as a “hymn to tolerance and diversity” at a time when the political arena of the country is being dominated by Brexit and discussions about Welsh independence. Eric writes from exile as “strangers build thrones on my father’s grave”, having fled Cameroon via Russia and settled 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.

This Is Not A Poem was funded by the Arts Council of Wales, with support from the Dylan Thomas Centre, ITV Wales and Silin Cyf.

The performance starts at 7pm. Tickets are £6 (£5 for Friends of the Museum) – please contact the museum to reserve a space for this event.