My E-Conversation With Sundra by Nnorom Azuonye Continued from previous page
NA: In "Trying Not To Smile" you write "Wrinkles - what wrinkles?/I'll have imprints/sketching a roadmap of my life/whilst I collect truths and wisdom /like exquisite jewels." This poem makes us stop, do a reality check and reaffirm that it is not how long we live that matters but the positive things we do with the time we have, as they are the things that will never grow old or die. But I have recently become paranoid with the word "truth". How do you define truth, especially when it runs alongside your life's story with a chance of a Campbellian spin on it?
S: Everyone has their own truth - as individuals it's up to us to discover it and keep it safe. Staying grounded and having an open dialogue with yourself is always important.
NA: Tell me about your work as a mentor for kids. Is this backed by any institution or organisation?
S: I work for local councils such as Hammersmith and Fulham - running writers workshops for adults in libraries such as Acton, Shepherds Bush, and Hillingdon.
I also mentor children at a centre that I run on Saturdays - I have also gone into mainstream schools and run writing workshops. I am currently working as a poet coach with a group of North London school kids - their challenge to produce and perform original pieces of writing in the space of 4 one-hour sessions. They will showcase their work at the finale of the Westwords Literature Festival, supported by Hammersmith and Fulham Arts - on the 10th October at Shepherds Bush Library, - which I will be compering.
NA: Thanks, Sundra, and I wish you bountiful creativity.
S: Thank you.
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