Bee James is delighted to announce the publication of ” What the Seashell Said to Me” now available on Amazon. A collection of poems put together by Sierra Leoneans both at home and abroad.
The Sierra Leone Poems Project was launched to assist socially disadvantaged poets in Sierra Leone, who may write well but struggle to get any sort of recognition. Often this is because of the lack of publishing outlets back home or the lack of state funding for emerging poets and established writers.
“What the Seashell Said to Me” scrutinizes current issues Sierra Leoneans face while others reminisce about the past or lament the injustices of the Civil war. Brilliant writers sought to express their deepest opinions and emotions about a topic. One might say the poem: Stand Back and See Sierra Leone by B. James captures the beauty of the landscape of our country, celebrates diversity and reminds us of the need for cohesion and joint-up working in order to continue to progress as a nation, while Kemurl Fofanah’s: A Woman in Africa re-echoes some of those sentiments but furthermore, gives a rich descriptive insight.
“What the Seashell Said to Me ” honours the beauty of the landscape of our country, celebrates diversity, and reminds us of the need for cohesion and joint-up working in order to continue to progress as a nation. It is a wonderful resource for parents, patriotic Sierra Leoneans, and teachers to help explain the beauty of Sierra Leone to young children.
“This anthology is a labour of love. It consists largely of work created by writers who live in an economically deprived climate. Mobile phone data is costly, computers and laptops very expensive and often there are power outages. Most of the young poets included type on their smartphones. I’m grateful for the support of renowned writers like Oumar Farouk Sesay and Kayode Robbin-Coker.” Bridgette James
What the Seashell Said to Me features fifteen Sierra Leonean writers living at home and abroad. It was edited by Dr Kayode Robbin-Coker and compiled by Bridgette James. Oumar Farouk Sesay a writer of over twenty years gave a synopsis of the development of Sierra Leonean Literature in the foreword.
Published is also Ibrahim Sorie Mansaray, a passionate Sierra Leonean Poet whose passion for writing started as a child. He used to write letters to his late father. It was not only an outlet for his emotions, but additionally writing was also a means for Ibrahim to show other children his intellectual gift.
“My professional writing carrier started last year when I had my first article featured in PoliticoNewspaper.” He told Salone Messenger.
Speaking to Salone Messenger about his poems being featured in What the Seashell Said To me,
he said: “it’s joyfully unexplainable. I’ve always dreamt of achieving such glory. To be among the soldiers of Literature stored in the halls of time. More than anything, publishing gifted me the drive to do more. To believe that I really can do more and that there’s much more ahead if only I’m consistent.”
The collection of poems was inspired by the need to showcase the work of talented writers in Sierra Leone who through socioeconomic hardship are still writing. The compiler Bridgette James sought to demonstrate that different genres of poetry can be found in the writing of featured poets who are mainly graduates and more importantly that our writers have a lot to offer to the field of West African Literature.
Bee James said “When I started interacting with emerging poets online on Facebook in January 2022, I quickly realised there was a wealth of unnurtured talents; contemporary styles needed to be introduced and old patterns of writing metered stanzas challenged.”
The anthology stocked in prestigious British libraries such as Oxford Solo and Cambridge University libraries comprises fifty-one poems some of which were written by Ibrahim Sorie Mansaray.
Amazon is the official online store for the ” What the Seashell Said to Me ” compiled by Bee James, a British Sierra Leonean Poet.
Born in Freetown Bridgette James is a 48-year-old British Sierra Leonean author and poet. Bridgette attended the Methodist Girls High School (MGHS) and later moved to the Albert Academy where she continued her Sixth form. She later attended Fourah Bay College to study English Language and Literature. Upon graduating she travelled to England in 1996 and went back to University to study Criminology & Social Policy.
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Moving to the United Kingdom, Bridgette has spent most part of her life in the United Kingdom studying, working, and building a family. Despite the distance, Bridgette has never forgotten her home country, she always followed up by reading and watching the news to be updated on things happening in her country. Her love for writing and her birth country led her to embark on writing books as way to reflect and connect with her country. She has been published in several Poetry Magazines and Journals in the United Kingdom and is the author of Sierra Leone in the Diaspora. During an interview with us at Salone Messenger, Ella said “My book is all about our landscape, our tribes, our food and is meant to enlighten Britain about our diverse culture. Sierra Leone in the Diaspora which is in Legal Deposit Libraries in the UK addresses social and political themes such as gender inequality, FGM, child marriage, socio-economic deprivation, and corruption in politics, using a mixture of English and Creole words.