BBC Somali seeks the best Young Female Poet

BBC Somali seeks the best Young Female Poet

EXAMPLE: Acclaimed Somali poet Warsan Shire

BBC SOMALI has launched its first ever poetry award for young women. The contest is open to all women aged 16 to 35 with no restrictions on their level of experience or location.

Entries for the award must be an original work of poetry, that is a maximum of 15 lines long and not more than one minute of recording, in Somali language.

A panel of judges will select one winner and two runners-up and will be looking for the quality of the language and conformity of the work to Somali poetry rules in terms of rhyme, rhythm and theme.

Caroline Karobia, Editor of the BBC Somali Service, says: “We are excited to be bringing these new voices and poetry to our audiences. Historically, Somali women have been known for their creativity which includes the leading role in traditional dances. This new award will bring to light the culture of poetry among Somali-speaking women and give them an avenue to showcase their creativity.”

The winner of the BBC Somali Young Female Poet of the Year Award 2017 and two runners up will be announced at a special event to mark the 60th anniversary of BBC Somali that will be held in Hargeisa on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

BBC Somali is part of the BBC World Service and is the most listened to international station in Somalia. It broadcasts to Somali-speaking audiences, providing radio, online and TV content in East Africa, in the Horn of Africa and for Somalis around the world. It reaches a weekly audience of 3.6 million people. BBC Somali recently began broadcasting its flagship TV new programme -details are here and they can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

0

Latest Tweets

  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Car Bomb, Circuit Of Suns, Nycosia, 26 Sep 2017 26 Sep 2017 - Rock & Pop at Mama Roux's https://t.co/dZnMl66uSq @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Plans to fix West Midlands' busiest motorway junction: Have your say Highways England i https://t.co/gfp3WNSNkU @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Vir Das, 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 - Comedy at Glee Club https://t.co/tGswR38Mqf @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 8 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    £3.7 million boost for Black County business park development A major new Black Country https://t.co/04OiReKnYf @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 8 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Dope Vibes Jam Session, 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 - Rock & Pop at RJJZ Jazz Bar https://t.co/CgiDvhG1jN @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 14 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    New Royal title is music to the ears of Birmingham Conservatoire Birmingham City Univer https://t.co/xQE3kKM5XV @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 14 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Edwin Guerra, 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 - World Music at The Cuban EmbassyFREE Resident m https://t.co/REoKfipHO3 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 20 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Bounce, 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 - Club at Rosies https://t.co/LmrEtHIECR @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Helping Hearts Family 5K Run, 24 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 - Community at Cannon Hill Park https://t.co/3Ji0UCZfQ8 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    City council watchdog panel demands urgent senior appointments A government-appointed w https://t.co/t4vJExwsAa @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Didier Kisala with the Froe, 24 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 - World Music at Ikon GalleryDidie https://t.co/Sf16hrf4mG @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Former Birmingham Council leader Mike Whitby claimed £20,526 from House of Lords but di https://t.co/tw8BOha1Jl @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Luxe Soiree, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Club at Prisma https://t.co/GdVKkakDKm @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Crackdown on rogue landlords proposed with new licence regime City bosses are set to la https://t.co/zKAQkklP3r @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Sarehole Autumn Food Festival, 24 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 - Community at Sarehole MillJoin https://t.co/aKfKd13vaS @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    HMRC to bring thousands of tax staff to Birmingham development More than 3,500 tax work https://t.co/d2FC1eL8CP @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Twisted Disko, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Club at Rosies https://t.co/woFC1FpYm3 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Labour holds its annual conference in Brighton as the party finally appears to have uni https://t.co/b1AWrbq7l2 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Pure Anthems, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Club at Rosies https://t.co/Q1EmaQ8oCV @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Vélo Birmingham will be one of region's 'most exciting sports developments' The Vélo Bi https://t.co/JQrSpoGleR @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    TheNaturalMonk © TheNat https://t.co/KT7P5cPba2 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Pure Purple, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Rock & Pop at Route 44 https://t.co/qwt3TS0x27 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    How Brummies can get a free bike Families and residents who are looking to get fit and https://t.co/KvhqdKbCmJ @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Restless Dog, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Rock & Pop at The Red Lion (Kings Heath)FREE ( https://t.co/pmUZkpGRUN @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    New Street set for extra armed cops in big anti-terror recruitment drive The number of https://t.co/qIvoiXT7yc @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago