Writer to share Poems of the East

Sjanna SandalovaGreat Southern Herald

International writer and lecturer Antony Johae will visit the Katanning Public Library next Tuesday to share his poetry and experiences of travelling through the Middle East.

Dr Jahae, who is retired, has taught literature in West and North Africa and in Kuwait, and lives some of the time in Lebanon, his wife’s origin of country, and the UK.

While teaching, he travelled through Lebanon, Palestine, and some parts of Asia.

Using this as inspiration, he wrote along the way. Library co-ordinator and event organiser Mazita Omar said she hoped people with different backgrounds and interests would come along to the event.

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“His intent of the poetry was to reach out to people’s empathy towards other cultures and basically that if you have never been exposed to a culture, you might not understand it or have that tolerance towards it,” she said.

“I decided to take the event to another level by organising Middle Eastern food and music to create that Middle Eastern atmosphere.”

Dr Jahoe will read from his book, Poems of the East, which came out in 2015 and is a reflection of his travels.

“The book is based on my experience travelling through the Middle East, China, India and other places but it is mainly about my stay in Kuwait, where I lived for about 18 years,” he said.

“It’s an attempt to try and enter into the cultures of other countries.”

The reading will take place on Tuesday, January 23 in the Katanning Public Library from 5pm, and Dr Jahoe will then travel to Gnowangerup for another reading on Thursday, January 25.

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