National Library Celebrates World Poetry Day with Poet Uriankhai
On March 21, 2018, on World Poetry Day, the National Library of Mongolia hosted a poetry conference in honor of poet Uriankhai, one of the most influential contemporary writers in Mongolia. A venerable 78 years old poet himself was invited to the conference as a distinguished guest and the "main subject” to be discussed in the Presidential Hall of the Library, where representatives of all generations of Mongolian poets and simply lovers of poetry were gathered.
In opening speech, Director Ichinkhorloo, herself a poet as well, expressed her appreciation to him for accepting her invitation and stressed, how Uriankhai`s works influenced her in early years of her writing and added that, she regards him as her mentor. Critic Batkhuyag noted in his speech on Uriankhai`s poems, that just like today he doesn’t serve to politicians, he didn’t use to praise authorities during the Communist time. Uriankhai is regarded among the people not only as a talented poet and writer but also as a man of principles.
In 1999, the United Nations selected March 21st as its official World Poetry Day, which is celebrated yearly as an occasion to honor poets and inspire people to read, enjoy poems worldwide.