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. There is now only one copy of the original pamphlet left!
I was delighted that Chris Crittenden reviewed it 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 this 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 book is now available in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop, find out more here. Alternatively you can email me at Juliet.M.WilsonATgmailDOTcom and arrange for me to email you a copy. the book costs £5.00.
Since the devastating flooding in Malawi, I've decided that all profits from further sales of 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.