Thursday, October 12, 2006

Sentinel-Eastern Light Literary Afternoon

Sentinel-Eastern Light Literary Afternoon
Organised by Sentinel Poetry Movement and Eastern Light EPM International in celebration of Black History Month.
Agenda includes:
-Launch of the poetry collection "Memories of Stone" by Chuma Nwokolo, Jr.,
-Pre-launch of "Letter Home" - poems by Afam Akeh
-Unmasking the future of Sentinel Poetry Quarterly and introduction of the new Editor
-Open Mike - readings of works by black writers.
Readers may read their own works or works by legendary black writers.

Venue: Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London.
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Date: Monday, October 30th, 2006
Entry: FREE

If you would like to read at this event, or require more information please conatact:
Nnorom Azuonye (Event coordinator) E-mail: Tel: 07812 755751

Saturday, August 05, 2006

august show off

We regret that due to some unforeseen circumstances, the sentinel poetry live for august will not hold on Saturday5th . The September book launch of Chuma Nwokolo's book is stll on.


Saturday, July 01, 2006

The World Cup did not stop the Sentinel Show afterall

When England is scheduled to play an important World Cup match, any other event in England expects a low turn-out. Some actually cancel or reschedule in deference to the England match. Probably why Sue Barker commented, with a hint of surprise at the reasonably large turnout for the Andy Murray vs Andy Roddick clash at SW19. What a clash it turned out afterall, with the young Scott shocking Roddick off the competition.

The Sentinel Live event was scheduled before the World Cup match on Saturday, and we did not feel compelled, though tempted, to cancel the reading. We suspected that in the end it might end up being an event for the passionate few. How often does poetry bear out the saying, 'many are called, but few are chosen'? The show did go on with Durlabh Singh, Munayem Mayenin, and John John-Lewis reading, though it all started shortly after 8pm as event the guests Singh and Mayenin saw the England match at home before dashing to the venue.

We are thankful to the people that made it down, especially, poet and staunch Sentinel supporter, Afam Akeh who came all the way from Oxford.

The next event will take place on Saturday, August 5th.

Nnorom Azuonye

Monday, June 12, 2006


You are invited to Sentinel Poetry Live!
Waterloo Gallery
14 Baylis Road, London SE1 7AA
Saturday, July1, 2006
7PM - 9PM

MUNAYEM MAYENIN, Poet in Residence for Southwark Libraries, and Editor of Poet's Letter Magazine, and author of "Geography of Time", "The Son Of Eternity" and "Command The Moon".

DURLABH SINGH -Painter and writer, Durlabh Singh has exhibited his paintings worldwide and has published his poetry in several international literary journals. His books include "Chrome Red", "The Bats", "Neo-Expressions" and "Spaces of Heart".

Also by request, JOHN JOHN-LEWIS who excited many a lady in May 2006 Sentinel Poetry Live! returns to the venue.

There will be RAP interlude by KID ILLICIT.

Two more poets and 1 music act to be confirmed.

Nnorom Azuonye hosts and reads some poems too.

Venue: Waterloo Gallery, 14 Baylis Road, London SE1 7AA
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Tickets: £4, Concessions £2

Tel: 07812 755 751 E-mail:

Sentinel Poetry Home

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Due to a combination of several problematic circumstances, we felt the need to pull the last show, the 3rd in our fledgeling reading series. The Sentinel Poetry Live! will however return in full force and for the better on July, 1, 2006.

The names and profiles of the performers/readers shall be posted here in during the course of the week.

The Sentinel Poetry Live! presents an opportunity for established and upcoming poets to showcase their work to an appreciative and enlightened audience.

Contact Nnorom Azuonye - 07812 755751

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

SENTINEL POETRY LIVE! #3 - June 3rd, 2006

You are invited to attend the third Sentinel Poetry Live! Reading on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at the usual venue: Waterloo Gallery, 14 Baylis Road, London SE1 7AA.

Details of readers & short bios to appear here.

If you'd like to read at a Sentinel Poetry Live! event, contact me.

Nnorom on 07812 755 751 or e-mail

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sentinel Poetry Live! #2

The second Sentinel Poetry Live! event was held at the Waterloo Gallery on Saturday, May 6th 2006 and featured Chinwe Azubuike, Naomi Woddis, John John-Lewis and Lola Shoneyin. The original schedule had announced Paul Lyalls and Lula M. Unfortunately Lyall's son was a a little poorly, which meant unfortunately he had to leave before the event began. Lula M, was a no-show. We hope that Paul Lyall shall be available at a later date.

The event kicked off at 7.20 pm after a 20-minute getting to know one another. Visitors had a chance to look at John John-Lewis' poetry plaques, and some painting from an on-going exhibition at the gallery.

Chinwe Azubuike went first and read some highly emotive, if somewhat painful, some might say, bitter poems about her experiences as an African in London. Always a touchy subject, in the post-mortem segment afterward, when audience members were able to ask her questions, the debate got a little hot.

Here are some pictures from the event courtesy of Molara Wood. All photos (C) 2006 Molara Wood.

Chinwe Azubuike - a voice against racism?

Naomi Woddis - close to nature.

Between Azubuike's somber rendering and the bubbly performance of John-Lewis, Woddis gave a calm but very stirring reading.

John John-Lewis - crowd pleaser.

Ladies asked for John to come back next month. well... we shall see. Fingers crossed. We shall see.

Lola Shoneyin - a powerful, witty performance.

Lola Shoneyin read from both of her collections; "So all the time I was sitting on an egg" and "Song of A Riverbird". Hearing and watching Shoneyin give life to her several poems that are not flattering to the men folk was extraordinary, until she spoilt the mood with a very graphic poem about abortion.

The evening was indeed a gig-organiser's dream. We now turn our focus to June 3, 2006 for the next event. If you'd like to read on that date, please contact me at

Nnorom or call 07812 755751