I taught sciences in Malawi between 1990 - 1992 as a VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) volunteer. My first poetry pamphlet Bougainvillea Dancing, published 2002, raised money for charities working in Malawi. The original pamphlet is sold out now, but I was delighted that Chris Crittenden reviewed it recently on Owl Who Laughs.
Most of the poems in Bougainvillea Dancing
focussed on Africa, but many of them were unrelated to that continent.
I've just put together an updated version of the pamphlet, removing all
the poems unrelated to Africa and adding in more poems on African
topics, plus a couple of prose pieces and some photos. This is now
available as a pdf to download from the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop.
(If you don't want to shop via Etsy but are happy to use Paypal then let me know.If you don't have a Paypal account then please contact me for alternative payment methods.)
10% of proceeds from this publication will go to VSO for their work in Africa.
VSO’s programme in Malawi concentrates on HIV and AIDS, health and social
wellbeing, secure livelihoods (food security) and education in seven
rural and remote districts. The districts were chosen due to their
excessive poverty levels, high prevalence of HIV and AIDS, and low
involvement of other international charities.
I'm hoping that editing a poetry pamphlet can count as the equivalent of writing a poem for NaPoWriMo.