Event 17

Eric Ngalle: A Hymn to Tolerance (Film)

Sunday 16 February 2020

Temple of Peace

12:30 – 13:30

Eric Ngalle Charles will help present this short film that touches upon his life from his early years in his native Cameroon, through some troubled times when he was a displaced person, trafficked to Russia, and his eventual escape, finding refuge and asylum at last in Cardiff, Wales. With film, poems in Bakweri and English and Q&A.

The film-maker Greg Lewis says:

My friend, Eric Ngalle Charles, and I have long-cherished a dream to turn his words and poetry into a film-hymn to tolerance and understanding.

– Greg Lewis

£5, or £3 with concessions

Authors and Artists

Eric Ngalle

Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroon-born writer, poet, actor and playwright based in Wales. A fellow of the leadership network British-American Project, he currently sits on the Board of Directors for Literature Wales. Ngalle Charles is one of the Hay 30 young writers who will help shape the world over the next three decades. He holds a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales for his research into migration, memory and trauma.

A recent work is the Wales Cameroon anthology  Hiraeth-Erzolirzoli. His plays have been performed at London Southbank Centre, Hay Festival, Llandeilo Festival and many more. He has published a moving memoir, I, Eric Charles, with Parthian books and has performed his poetry throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.  

One of Jackie Kay’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase

‘His voice reaches out across the divides, across the lands, from Cameroon, to Russia to the UK taking it all in.’ – Jackie Kay 

Eric Charles features in the Friday the 14th 7:30 pm Open Mic Merthyr and in his own event featuring a film made by Greg Lewis 12:30-1:30.