Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Poet ARCHIE SWANSON is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday August 26th @19:30


Archie Swanson is a big man, big-hearted and soft-skinned, well-travelled and local, engaging and introspective. These poems reflect himself beautifully, turn the light of his eye on time and place, whether it be a great city or beach bar, go surfing in the tropics or watch the Boat Race. Light poems, dark and overcast poems in the smoke of Grenfell. Meet an old man from Indonesia meet a Bishops Boy, say goodbye to Basil Bey, farewell to Norris – memories making memories, personal, private, in the chapel at school and the great outdoors. Cape poems and London Underground. Poems of fellowship and challenge. Lovely stuff.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Poet MICHAEL COPE is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday August 19th @19:30

Michael Cope has published extensively in little magazines since 1971. He has produced three books of poetry, some novels and a memoir.
He lives with his family in Muizenberg, where he makes a living as a designer jeweller. 

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Poet DAWN GARISCH is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday August 12th @19:30

Dawn Garisch has had six novels, a collection of poetry, a non-fiction work and a memoir published. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines. She has had two plays and short film produced, and has written for television and newspapers. Three of her novels have been published in the UK.
In 2007 her poem Blood Delta was awarded the DALRO prize. In 2010 Trespass was short-listed for the Commonwealth prize in Africa, and in 2011 her poem Miracle won the EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award. In 2013 her short story What To Do About Ricky won the Short.Sharp.Story competition.

Her latest novel Accident was published by Modjaji (2017). Her third play To Get To The Moon was on at The Masque in March 2019.

She is engaged in medical humanity initiatives and is a founding member of the Life Righting Collective https://www.liferighting.com/ . She teaches memoir writing to assist participants to heal from past trauma, and to promote compassion, community cohesion and more effective communication. She is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Poets JULIA & HUGH are off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday August 5th @19:30

Thanks to Julia for this idea...

We'll be reading from in a burning sea - contemporary Afrikaans poetry, edited by Marlise Joubert published by Protea Books. Julia will read the Afrikaans original first, and Hugh its English translation second. Among the poets are Breyten Breytenbach and Antjie Krog. And the translators include Charl JF Cilliers and Johann de Lange.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Poet BARBARA FAIRHEAD is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday July 29th @19:30


Barbara Fairhead was born in the UK, and has lived in South Africa since 1948.

She is an artist, a sculptor and a writer of fiction, as well as being the lyricist for the band Red Earth & Rust. She has published two books of poetry: And Now You Have Leapt Up To Swallow the Sun (1997) and Word and Bead: The Presentation of a Journey (2001).
In 2017 she published a collection of poems, prose poems and writings: In Search of the White Wolf―A Fierce Pilgrimage, together with its companion piece, The Work Book: Following the Wind.
Of Death and Beauty, her first novel, was published in 2013 by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its sequel, Whereof One Cannot Speak, was published by Sunstone Press, in 2017.

In January 2018 she and Jacques Coetzee launched their joint anthology of poems, The Love Sheet, published by Hands On Books, an imprint of Modjaji.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Poet MISHKA HOOSEN is off-the-wall in TOKAI on Monday July 22nd @19:30

Mishka Hoosen is a writer, teacher and creative director currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in the US and received a Masters in Creative Writing from Rhodes University in South Africa. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies by Short Sharp Stories and Short Story Day Africa, and her poetry has been published in numerous magazines in South Africa and abroad. Her debut novel, Call it a difficult night, was published by Deep South Books in 2015. Her writing has taken her to Ireland to perform poetry and to France for research on a book on the cultural history of perfume in the anthropocene. She currently runs her own creative studio, lectures part-time and works as the perfume columnist for The Attic on Eighth. She has previously worked as a blogger, NGO project manager, teacher, and apprentice perfumer. Her work deals with themes of scent, madness, desire and the body.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Poet SALLY-ANN MURRAY is off-the-wall at THE BOOKSHOPPE in TOKAI on Monday July 15th @19:30

Sally-Ann Murray ('sam') is an old maker at heart. Of poems and stories (wordsmithing, hunter-gathering, and the happenstance creations of the found). She also makes wild gardens - and life being what it is, then has to leave them behind. Sometimes she fashions strange, brightly-coloured 'sea life' objects from sieved river clay and domestic discards. In her time, she has also been known to make many, many family dinners, and pointless, weary arguments with impassioned teenagers. She chairs the English Department of Stellenbosch University, and is lucky enough to have received numerous literary awards for both prose (Small Moving Parts, Kwela 2009) and poetry. Her latest poetry collection is Otherwise Occupied, published by Dryad Press in 2019. Without expressing a death wish, sam longs for a night's unbroken sleep, but both when she is wide awake and half asleep, she reads. Which is always a remarkable pleasure.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Poet ELISA GALGUT is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday July 8th @19:30

Elisa Galgut teaches in the Philosophy Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Her debut collection, The Anthology of Poetry, was published by Modjaji Press in 2015.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Poet HUGH HODGE is off-the-wall in TOKAI on Monday June 24th @19:30

Yes, that's me - and my grandfather, Ulric, in the background - just over 70 years ago. Today, I'm the grandpa.
Tomorrow I'll be reading my sonnet cycle "Variations on a Theme of Shakespeare - As you like it". The cycle consists of 7 pairs of sonnets and a 15th 'Recapitulation'.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Poet CHARLES ELFFERS is off-the-wall in TOKAI on Monday June 17th @19:30


Charles writes:

Born in Fish Hoek during 1958, I then lived in Clovelly, Wynberg and then Bergvliet. After receiving a higher diploma in library and information science from UCT, I moved to Johannesburg in 1984, working for Johannesburg public library, Ocean World University and Kalahari books. In 2009 I returned to Cape Town, got married and started to run a branch of Help the rural child charity bookshops. My oldest existing poem was written in 1974, and in 1991, I got second prize in the Understanding international poetry competition,  publishing several poems in issues of Understanding literary magazine, and doing 2 readings for them at the  Edinburgh festival, and one for the Scottish poetry library. I have published in Stanzas and Off the wall locally.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Poet OLIVER PRICE is off-the-wall in TOKAI on Monday June 10th @19:30


Oliver Findlay Price was born in 1935, attended St. John's College, Johannesburg, for nine years as a boarder, took a degree in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town, travelled in Europe and Africa and worked as an ordinary seaman on British merchantmen for three years. Married, he endured office jobs for thirty years, has two grown-up children and is now a widower. He has self-published a novel, his stories have appeared in various journals, and his poems in Carapace, Stanzas and New Contrast. 

Friday, 31 May 2019

Poets ADRE MARSHALL & GEOFF HARESNAPE are off-the-wall in TOKAI on Monday June 3rd @19:30










Adre Marshall was born in the Eastern Cape but has lived in Cape Town for most of her life. Over the years, she has taught English at various universities including UCT, where she was awarded a PhD. She is the author of a book on Henry James and her poems have been published in numerous journals including Carapace, Stanzas, New Contrast and English Academy Review.

Geoff Haresnape – author of five collections of poetry,  Drive of the Tide, New-Born Images, Mulberries in Autumn, The Living and the Dead and Where the Wind Wills.  Selected Poems published in 2005.  Much anthologized most recently in The New Century of South African Poetry 3rd Edition (2018)

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Poet MARGARET CLOUGH is off-the-wall in TOKAI on Monday May 27th @19:30


Margaret Clough has worked as a Science teacher, soil chemist and food technologist .She started writing after retiring and moving to Cape Town.. She has had stories published in various journals. Her poems have been published in Carapace, New Contrast, Stanzas and Aerodrome. Two collections of poems, At Least the Duck Survived and The Last to Leave, have been published by Modjaji Books. She also contributed to the collection Difficult to Explain edited by Finuala Dowling and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Poet PATRICIA SCHONSTEIN is off-the-wall in TOKAI on Monday May 20th @19:30

Patricia Schonstein is a novelist and poet. She serves on the Poetry in McGregor Committee and is co-editor of Stanzas. She edits the Africa! anthologies.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Poet MARI DE BEER is off-the-wall in TOKAI on Monday May 13th @19:30



Mari de Beer is an English and Foreign Language Tutor, Proofreader and Word Wizard based in Cape Town. She also escapes the drudgery of reality by doing some voice acting. She has a degree in English Literature and Psychology; she is currently obtaining her Masters degree in Creative Writing at UWC. Her poetic journey has been steered by her wandering soul and observant nature.
She writes in English as well as Afrikaans.
Some of her poems have been published on LitNet and in Newsletters like Give your Writing the Edge.
She has performed in several poetry readings while pilgrimaging her creative journey. Her poems can also be read on her Facebook poetry page (Mari de Beer).
Her poetic voice aches through a melancholy of emotion and silent suggestion with which she aims to touch other hearts.


Our new home is THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI

Starting this coming Monday May 13th, and for the foreeable future, our regular weekly poetry gig takes place on a Monday evening at The Book Shoppe. Find the venue on the corner of Main and Tokai roads. Map.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Poet JIM PASCUAL AGUSTIN is off-the-wall on Monday April 29th at 7.30pm at 12 Evergreen Lane, Silverhurst

Jim performs regularly at various gigs.


Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates in Filipino and English. He moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 1994. His work has appeared in RhinoWorld Literature Today andModern Poetry in Translation among others. His eighth book of poetry, Wings of Smoke, was published in 2017 by UK-based independent publisher The Onslaught Press (http://onslaughtpress.com/product/wings-of-smoke/). The book is also available from Loot, Amazon and other online retailers. Jim shares random thoughts and drafts on www.matangmanok.wordpress.com.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Poet TAURIQ JENKINS is off-the-wall on Monday April 22nd

Tauriq will celebrate the Bard as usual this April.


Tauriq Jenkins is the founding artistic director of the Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa (ITMSA) and Shakespeare in Prison South Africa. His work has been covered by the Folger Library and NPR. He has a Master in Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Columbia University in New York and was Columbia’s  Graduate School of Arts Sciences, 2015-2016 Oral History Merit Scholarship recipient. He is an alumni fellow of the International Fellows Program at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs focused on US Foreign Policy, and an alumni of International House leadership residency, New York. He served as an advisory board member of the Columbia Arts Initiative
He is the former chair of the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (Western Cape).  He is currently a director of the Observatory Improvement District,  Chair of the Observatory Civic Association, Chair of the Two Rivers Urban Park, Ward 57 Rep on Sub-Council 16, and co founder of the Observatory Shakespeare Festival. The founder of the International Observatory Human Rights Film Documentary Festival, 'The Right to Know Festival". Tauriq is the High Commissioner for the Goringhaicona Traditional Council. 
At International House, NYC, Tauriq stage managed the historic event,"When the Federal Reserve Bank Speaks, The World Listens" with US Federal Reserve Bank chairs, Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke, and Allan Greenspan http://www.ihouse-nyc.org/s/707/internal-subs-no-buttons.aspx?sid=707&gid=1&pgid=3498&content_id=4347  as well as part of the organising team of the conference, "Generation Jobless" a solution based conference in NYC on global youth unemployment with branches of the US government, leaders in business such as Fortune 500 CEO's, NGO's, City Mayors, and millennials. http://www.ihouse-nyc.org/s/707/internal-subs-no-buttons.aspx?sid=707&gid=1&pgid=2482.
He has directed four interdisciplinary Black History Month Presentations in New York, at International House. At the Columbia School of Arts, Tauriq was part of an arts initiative with leaders of the World Economic Forum for three years using art for strategic, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills training. Tauriq was dramaturge and perfoomer in 2015 of Bearden's Oddessy which was transliterated into a multi disciplinary event comprising of 50 artists the board.
As artistic director of the ITMSA he trains professional actors, inmates, and teachers in the Western Cape Department of Education.  As an actor/perfromer, he has worked extensively in South Africa, Europe and the United States in both theatre and film including the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford upon avon, UK), Classic Stage Company, NYC, Baxter Theatre, Artscape Theatre, National Arts Festival Main Stage, KKnK, Innebos, Harlem Shakespeare Festival, NBC, BBC, SABC National Geographic, and Universal Studios and Columbia Pictures. As a playwright, and dramaturge, his plays have been performed at the District 6 Museum, The Castle of Good Hope,  New York, and various National Arts Festivals.
In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious International Davis Peace Prize for groundbreaking theatre and rehabilitation work in South African prisons.
See his Tedx talk on his work in incarceration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjovM5RVozg
He writes poetry about chess.


Monday, 1 April 2019

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Poet MIKE COPE is off-the-wall on Monday March 18th @19:30

We're off to our next trial venue The Drawing Room, which is at 87 Station Road, Observatory. It's a two minute walk from our old home in Nuttall Road. Our guest is the well-known local poet Michael Cope. Michael Cope has published three volumes of poetry, some novels and a memoir. He lives in Muizenberg, and works as a designer jeweller.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

This week Off-the-Wall - same old and changes

With the sale of our venue - A Touch of Madness - we are still trying various venues to find the most compatible with our history and future. In the meantime life goes on! TONIGHT - 13th March - in SCARBOROUGH, Geoff Haresnape will entertain us at The Hub TOMORROW NIGHT - 14th March - Kobus Moolman will read at the new trial venue - RAPTOR ROOM - which is close to the Book Lounge.
Kobus Moolman was born in Pietermaritzburg. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Western Cape, and lives with his wife in the Riebeek Valley. He has published seven collections of poetry, two collections of plays, and edited a collection of poetry, prose and art by South African writers living with disabilities. He has won numerous local and international awards for his work, including most recently the 2015 Glenna Luschei Award for African Poetry for his collection A Book of Rooms. He was also guest editor of the first special issue of a South African journal dedicated entirely to the teaching of creating writing, Current Writing. His first collection of short fiction, The Swimming Lesson and other stories, was published earlier this year. He has also recently edited a special issue on contemporary South African poetry for the American journal, Illuminations. His poems and stories reveal his growing focus on the body and on issues of disability. Kobus will be reading from his award-winning collection, A Book of Rooms (deep south, 2015). Copies of some of his books will be on sale.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

SILKE HEISS is off the wall on Thursday 7 March at 19.30 at Roxy All Day (RAD) 216 Albert Road, Woodstock


Silke Heiss fledged as a public reader of her poems, thanks to Hugh Hodge's encouragement, at Off The Wall. She read regularly at A Touch Of Madness, as well as in Fish Hoek and Scarborough, from  2006 to 2011. When she relocated to Hogsback in the Eastern Cape, she became a member of the Ecca Poets, to publish poetry annually with the group. From 2012 to 2018 she produced eight books of poems in dialogue (of love, nature, as well as place) together with her husband, Norman Morrissey; the last book was published after Morrissey's death in 2017. On Thursday, 7th March 2019, she will read poems from her recently launched book of love poems past and present, Path of Beauty, as well as a choice from Greater Matter - A Journey of Poems to Death and Beyond, to be published through PoeTree, and due to be launched on 3rd October this year in Hogsback. She produces the monthly newsletter, Give Your Writing The Edge. Books for sale R50 each.

OFF-THE-WALL on the move

Keith Gottschalk writes,
Dear poetry lovers,

    Off-the-Wall started in 2000, hosted at an Adderley St pub named "Off Moroka". We even had MPs and parliamentary staff amongst our attendants. After a few years, it was closed down.

Hugh Hodge led a task force which tried out various venues around town, and we settled on the pub A Touch of Madness in Obz. Over the one and a half decades, ATOM went through a variety of owners. We usually were able to negotiate our rent-free venue with them. Once, we had to move to the courtyard behind the Bola-Bola anarchist bookshop in Lower Main Rd, Obz.(now renamed something else).

    This meant that before the winter rains started, we had to negotiate with the new ATOM owner to return. But they could now only offer us Thursday evenings (we had earlier always met on a Monday or Tuesday evening, I now forget which), & we also had to recite over noise from an Irish band in a neighbouring room. Not optimal. Once we did experiment with renting a hall from the local Methodist church. But that involved paying rent; hard pews; & no refreshments available unless we set up early to use the kettle or urn ourselves, & wash up afterwards.

     Weeks ago, the pub a Touch of Madness was again sold. The new owner, Marvin, is renovating the place. On the one hand, he told us "I am not saying you will not be allowed back, but I do not want to over-commit until everything is running." They may turn our former lounge venue into an office.

    But on the other hand, he is positively eager that we experiment & try out Off-the-Wall at another pub-cafe he owns, called the Roxy Cafe, at 216 Albert Street in Woodstock. So we are moving there this Thursday, to start at our usual time 7:30 pm. to try it out.   Marvin also offers us free off-street parking, which is one plus compared to our current Pepper St square parking, where one invariably ends up paying between R20 - R30 per evening.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

TOUCH OF MADNESS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS

The restaurant has been sold, and will be closed for about a week while the new owner makes some changes. It seems our space will remain, though we have not yet met the new owner to verify that.
We'll keep you in the picture.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

JONTY DRIVER is Off-the-Wall next Thursday 21st at A Touch of Madness

Jonty Writes...
 I haven't decided what to read. If I didn't read from BEFORE last time, I'd concentrate on that.

I'll try to attach a photo (as I was when I was young and interesting). You could mention that, in the latest number of STANZAS, I have a poem, "Letter to Maeder Osler on my 70th Birthday", first drafted nearly ten years ago, worked on in a desultory way until I had completed the 12-line rhyming lyric which concludes the poem, before I submitted it for possible publication. In the January number of the Yale Review, I have a very angry poem, "Verkeerdekraal", and in a recent Oxford Magazine three poems, "Omdraaivlei" (a companion piece to "Verkeerdekraal"), "A Game of Tennis" (in memory of my father) and "Puppets" (in honour of Professor Kenneth Grosse, American academic who has written a brilliant study of puppetry).

Monday, 11 February 2019

Pre-Valentine's Day in Scarborough with guest HELEN MOFFETT The Hub Wednesday 13th February

Even though she believes Valentine’s Day should become Vasectomy Day, HM will read some classic love poems and erotic verse in honour of the occasion. She will also read her own work. Expect subversion.

Helen Moffett is a writer, freelance editor, feminist activist and recovering academic. She has compiled three editions of a poetry anthology for Southern African students, and a collection of South African landscape writings, Lovely Beyond Any Singing. She toured Canada with her debut collection of poems, Strange Fruit, published by Modjaji. Her second poetry collection, Prunings, published in 2016 by uHlanga Press, was joint winner of the 2017 SALA poetry prize. Her collaborations include a cricket book (the late Bob Woolmer’s magnum opus), the Girl Walks In erotica series with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick (under the nom de plume Helena S. Paige), and Stray, an anthology of animal writing for the benefit of the charity TEARS. She is also a board member and avid supporter of the Short Story Day Africa project. Her most recent book, 101 Water-wise Ways, is a response to the Cape water crisis.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Poet KEITH GOTTSCHALK is off-the-wall on Thursday February 7th @19:30

Keith Gottschalk, author of the collection "Emergency Poems", chairs the team of volunteers running Off the Wall. He also chairs the directors of the literary magazine "New Contrast", and hosts the Lansdowne Local Writers Group. He is also  a member of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, the SA Space Association, & a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

Keith Gottschalk will read from the poems of Yannis Ritsos, translated from the Greek.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Poet HUGH HODGE is off-the-wall on Thursday January 31st @19:30

Hugh and Oliver Price are reading a poetry cycle - variations on Jaque's speech from As You Like It - All the world's a stage... by William Shakespeare. The variations are written by Hugh, and read by Oliver.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Poet SIMRIC YARROW is off-the-wall on Thursday January 24th @19:30


Simric writes: "I explore the mythical underbelly of our lives at this extraordinary point in time. I have created performance poetry for organisations and events from weddings to banks, and will be sharing some snapshots of my poetic journey."

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Poet STUART PAYNE is off-the-wall on Thursday January 17th @19:30

Stuart Payne was born in Cape Town and raised there and in Auckland, New Zealand. He studied English at the University of Cape Town and took French classes at the Alliance Francaise du Cap. His first collection, Voices From Another Room, was released in September 2017, published by Crane River and distributed by uHlanga.

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Monday, 7 January 2019

Poet BRIAN WALTER is off-the-wall on Thursday January 10th @19:30

"Brian Walter is an Eastern Cape poet, from Port Elizabeth. He has retired from a career of teaching (including 19 years at the University of Fort Hare), training and workshop facilitation, and now gives some of his time to a community project centred around the writing of poetry in the troubled and vibrant Helenvale community in the Nelson Mandela Metro. He has five collections of poems to his credit. His work is grounded, and focuses on particulars of landscape and incident – yet it has a wider scope, looking through the words at the ironies of being human here, and now."

It's POETRY NIGHT at The Village Hub, Scarborough Wednesday January 9th @19.00

Hugh writes - I'm a Baby Boomer brat. I was born in 1946 on Nelson Mandela’s 28th birthday (my closest brush with fame) at Tavistock in Devon, England. Rondebosch Boys’ High attempted to educate me without much success. Later, Essex University endured similar disappointments, but got over them. I have two daughters and three granddaughters, and a son and two grandsons. My marriages were happy in their own ways and times. The children are more beautiful than I expected. I've worked as a small, and sometimes negative, contributor to the technological revolution. Despite being commonly left-brained, and occasionally no-brained, I write poetry that is sometimes published. I edit poetry and mentor some poets. And, aside from a natural tribal arrogance, I'm kind and tolerant, even of dogs.

Friday, 28 December 2018

NEXT GIGS

The next poetry gigs at A Touch of Madness - Obz - and The Village Hub - Scarborough - are in the 2nd week of 2019. On Wednesday 9th January come to The Village Hub to hear Oliver Price read Hugh's Variations on a theme from As you like it. On Thursday 10th January Brian Walter from the Eastern Cape reads from his beguiling verse, at A Touch of Madness.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Poet FINUALA DOWLING is off-the-wall on Thursday December 13 @19:30

September this year saw Finuala's first major UK publication with Pretend You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books). In October Finuala appeared at the Humber Mouth, Manchester, Off-the-Shelf and Ilkley literature festivals in the North, and also read at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts. Jackie Kay in the Guardian chose Pretend You Don't Know Me as one of her three best poetry books of 2018. She hopes the collection will be available in South Africa in 2019, along with a new novel. She will be offering a poetry workshop at the Hermanus Fynarts Festival in June 2019. On Thursday evening, Finuala will be reading unpublished poems as well as some from Pretend you Don't Know Me.

Monday, 10 December 2018

HELEN MOFFETT is in festive mood at the Village Hub on Wednesday 12 December at 1830 for 1900

Helen Moffett is a writer, freelance editor, feminist activist and recovering academic. She has compiled three editions of a poetry anthology for Southern African students, and a collection of South African landscape writings, Lovely Beyond Any Singing. She toured Canada with her debut collection of poems, Strange Fruit, published by Modjaji. Her second poetry collection, Prunings, published in 2016 by uHlanga Press, was joint winner of the 2017 SALA poetry prize. Her collaborations include a cricket book (the late Bob Woolmer’s magnum opus), the Girl Walks In erotica series with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick (under the nom de plume Helena S. Paige), and Stray, an anthology of animal writing for the benefit of the charity TEARS. She is also a board member and avid supporter of the Short Story Day Africa project. Her most recent book, 101 Water-wise Ways, is a response to the Cape water crisis.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Monday, 26 November 2018

Poet HELEN MOFFETT is off-the-wall on Thursday November 29 @19:30

Helen Moffett is a writer, freelance editor, feminist activist and recovering academic. She has compiled three editions of a poetry anthology for Southern African students, and a collection of South African landscape writings, Lovely Beyond Any Singing. She toured Canada with her debut collection of poems, Strange Fruit, published by Modjaji. Her second poetry collection, Prunings, published in 2016 by uHlanga Press, was joint winner of the 2017 SALA poetry prize. Her collaborations include a cricket book (the late Bob Woolmer’s magnum opus), the Girl Walks In erotica series with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick (under the nom de plume Helena S. Paige), and Stray, an anthology of animal writing for the benefit of the charity TEARS. She is also a board member and avid supporter of the Short Story Day Africa project. Her most recent book, 101 Water-wise Ways, is a response to the Cape water crisis.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Poet JACQUES COETZEE is off-the-wall on Thursday November 22 @19:30

Jacques Coetzee is a musician and a freelance editor. He matriculated from the Pioneer School for the Blind in Worcester, and completed a Masters Degree in creative writing at the University of Cape Town, for which he submitted a manuscript of poems called Singing Through. Since 2007 he has been the singer and one of the main songwriters in the band Red Earth & Rust, which released its fourth album of original material in 2015. He has published poems in New Contrast and in Patricia Schonstein’s Africa anthologies, including 2014’s Heart of Africa! Poems of Love, Loss and Longing. In January 2018 he and Barbara Fairhead launched their joint anthology of poems, The Love Sheet, which was published by Hands On Books, an imprint of Modjaji.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Poet JEAN WATERMEYER is off-the-wall on Thursday November 15 @19:30

Jean Watermeyer is a biochemist-turned-teacher and a regular OTW visitor. She writes to understand life and herself, and to experiment with using words in musical ways. Her poems have appeared in Stanzas and in the McGregor festival anthology.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

KEN BARRIS is Off-the-Wall at The Village Hub, Scarborough Wednesday November 14th at 6.30pm for 7pm

Ken Barris is a writer, editor, and photographer. His work has been translated into Turkish, Danish, French, German and Slovenian, and has appeared in about thirty anthologies. He has won various literary awards, including the Ingrid Jonker Prize, the M-Net Book Prize, and most recently, the University of Johannesburg Prize for his novel Life Underwater and the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for a collection of short stories, The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions. He has published five novels, two collections of poetry, and two collections of short stories.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Poet ED BURLE is off-the-wall on Thursday November 8 @19:30


Eduard Burle has been a regular contributor and reader of poems at Off the Wall Poetry Performing at A Touch of Madness in Observatory, Cape Town, since 2005. He is a member of the ECCA Poets group and was invited to be the guest poet for the ECCA Poets’ 2015 publication Sound Piping. Ed’s poems have been published in New Coin, New Contrast, Stanzas, and in Patricia Schonstein's "Africa!" anthologies. He has dabbled in experiments with verse for the last 2-3 decades.


Monday, 29 October 2018

Poet P.R. ANDERSON is off-the-wall on Thursday November 1 19:30













P. R. Anderson is the author of two volumes of poetry, Litany Bird and Foundling's Island, with a third due from uHlanga next month - In a Free State. He was the winner of this year's Thomas Pringle Award for Poetry. He lectures English at UCT.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Poet PETER MERRINGTON is off-the-wall on Thursday October 25 @1930













Peter Merrington is a semi-retired scholar and a ceramicist now living in Hout Bay. He has published essays, poems and two books of fiction.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Poet KARIN SCHIMKE is off-the-wall on Thursday October 18 @ 19.30







Karin started reading poetry at Off The Wall in the early 2000s and was the event’s host for many years. She has published two books of poetry. Her debut, Bare & Breaking, won the Ingrid Jonker prize and was shortlisted for the South African Literature Prize for Poetry. Her second collection, Navigate, was launched earlier this year.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Poet MARI DE BEER is off-the-wall on Thursday OCTOBER 11

Mari de Beer is an English and Foreign Language Tutor, Proofreader and Word Wizard based in Cape Town. She also escapes the drudgery of reality by doing some voice acting. She has a degree in English Literature and Psychology; her poetic journey has been steered by her wandering soul and observant nature. She writes in English as well as Afrikaans.
Some of her poems have been published on LitNet and in Newsletters like Give your Writing the Edge.

Her poetic voice aches through a melancholy of emotion and silent suggestion with which she aims to touch other hearts.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Poet WENDY WOODWARD is off-the-wall on Thursday October 4


Wendy Woodward’s poetry has appeared in local and overseas journals and in a number of anthologies. She has published Séance for the Body (Snailpress 1994); Love, Hades and other Animals (Protea 2008) and A Saving Bannister (Modjadji 2015). Wendy taught for twenty years in the flourishing postgraduate Creative Writing Programme in the English Department of the University of the Western Cape. She teaches Creative Writing Groups and has facilitated short courses in poetry writing at UCT Summer School.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Poet TROYDON WAINWRIGHT is off-the-wall on Thursday September 20














Troydon Wainwright is a published writer based in Cape Town. He has won a Nova Award and has been published in New Contrast and the Best New African Poets compilation and elsewhere. He has been the feature poet at the Off the Wall readings in Observatory, Cape Town Central Library and the McGregor Poetry Festival. He has self-published one of his first collection of poetry, Fires In Heaven. One of his Facebook posts went viral and he has a website:  www.troydonwainwright.com

Brain Cloud
Thick black smoke
Billows into the shape of a brain
Far flung sparks and cinders
Are its synaptic nerves firing,
Contemplating the meaning of its life
Which is short
And soon to be
Scattered by the wind 
 (c) 2018 Troydon Wainwright

Monday, 10 September 2018

Poet GABEBA BADEROON is off-the-wall on Thursday September 13



Gabeba Baderoon’s new book of poems, The History of Intimacy, was published in August 2018. She is also the author of the collections The Dream in the Next BodyThe Museum of Ordinary Life and A Hundred Silences and the monograph, Regarding Muslims: from Slavery to Post-apartheid (2014).  Her poems appear as songs on the CD Out of Time by Robert Stone. Baderoon is a member of the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund and co-directs the African Feminist Initiative at Penn State University.

Scarborough Hub Guest Poet PATRICIA SCHONSTEIN Wednesday September 12 @ 6.30pm for 7pm



Patricia Schonstein is a novelist and poet. She serves on the Poetry in McGregor Committee and is co-editor of Stanzas. She edits the Africa! anthologies.