An exciting new poetry exhibition by Oxford's African School founder Natty Mark Samuels is being launched in the #WindowGalleries along Friars Entry in Oxford this month.

The exhibition, which is entitled Chant of the Firefly, presents nine poems penned by Mr Samuels, in celebration of African and Caribbean folklore.

The poems will introduce #WindowGalleries visitors to some of the smaller and larger characters of African and Caribbean folklore, including the Nunu, who are the little people of Zulu folklore with the largest of hearts, and Dodo, the bogeyman monster of Hausa folklore.

Organiser say readers will be taken on a journey, transported to different regions through the introduction of characters created by the ancient peoples of sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.

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The exhibition title piece, Chant of the Firefly, remembers the African and Caribbean ancestors who first introduced these figures. In the Dominican Republic, ancestors are represented by these brightly lit beetles; 'watching over us; firefly, firefly, whether we laugh or cry'.

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Chant of the Firefly will be on display in the #WindowGalleries along Friars Entry from today January 31, allowing plenty of time for people to pass by for a read.

The #WindowGalleries are the result of an exciting collaboration between community organisation Fusion Arts and The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels to connect and supports Oxford’s communities, creating a lively space for the public to experience inspiring work by local artists.

The exhibition will culminate with a live event at Fusion Arts in east Oxford in late January - the date is to be confirmed - in which people will be able to join Natty Mark and guests for an evening of poetry reading, chanting, music and dancing.

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The evening will feature roots reggae by DJ Garvin Dan alongside musicians Sista Ali, Shakaman and Hugo Makepeace.

The exhibition is supported by Oxford City Council and has kindly been made possible by Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who have awarded Fusion Arts with two rounds of Culture Recovery Funding.

Natty Mark Samuels is a poet, writer and teacher, living in Oxford.

He is the founder of African School, which was set up in 2009 to introduce African Studies to the general public.

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African studies incorporates the Caribbean and African America, as well as Africa. For 12 years, Natty has been teaching African Studies in varied settings around Oxfordshire and elsewhere, including schools, community projects, museums, colleges.