Friday, 17 January 2020

Poet JEAN MOORCROFT WILSON is off-the-wall at THE OBZ BOOK SHOP, 76 Lower Main, OBZ on MONDAY January 20th @19:30

‘The Small Press, Biography, Sylvia Plath and the War Poets’

18 – 24 January 2020

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jean Moorcroft Wilson
to Cape Town for her thirteenth appearance at UCT’s Summer School.
She has generously agreed to give a number of additional presentations which we invite you to attend.

Sat 18th
Society of Bibliophiles
RSVP Graham Giles for directions
The Trials, Tribulations and Thrills of the Biographer's Life
Entrance: No charge to Bibliophile members
Non-members: R 60
15:00 – 16:00
Erin Hall

A view into Tan Twan Eng’s The Gift of Rain and The Garden of Evening Mists  MENTION 3RD BOOK
Entrance: Suggested donation R 60;
Refreshments on sale

Off the Wall
OBZ Books
The Poetry of Sylvia Plath: An Overview of her Tortured Genius
Entrance: Donation
Tues 21st
Erin Hall
Siegfried Sassoon: Soldier, Poet, Lover & Friend
Entrance: Suggested donation R 60; Refreshments on sale
15:00 – 16:00
Erin Hall
Robert Graves: In Pursuit of The White Goddess
Entrance: Suggested donation R10;  Refreshments on sale
15:00 – 16:00
Erin Hall
Isaac Rosenberg, Cape Town's Own Soldier-Poet: Artist as Poet
With an introductory poem from Africa Ablaze! read by Patricia Schonstein
Entrance: Suggested donation R 60;  Refreshments on sale
15:00 – 16:00
Erin Hall
A view of The Bloomsbury Group with special  focus on Virginia Woolf
Entrance: Suggested donation R 60; Refreshments on sale

The Legacy of Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press
Erin Hall: 8 Erin Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700
OBZ Books: 76 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town 7925
RSVP or for further information or
Patricia 072 184 4600 & Lucille 081 812 6026

 Biog and Dramatis Personae  

Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson is a leading authority on British poets of the First World War. Described recently as the ‘doyenne of war-poet biographers’, she has written highly acclaimed lives of, among others, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Charles Hamilton Sorley and Edward Thomas.

Her most recent biography, Robert Graves; from Great War Poet to 'Good-bye to All That' was published in autumn 2018 to mark the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice. It has won rave reviews and a demand for a book on the second half of his life.

It was Moorcroft Wilson’s research on one of the greatest of the British war poets, Isaac Rosenberg, which first brought her to Cape Town, where Rosenberg visited his sister between June 1914 and March 1915. It was in Cape Town that he heard news of the outbreak of the First World War and wrote his first poems about it.

Jean was married to the nephew of Leonard and Virginia Woolf with whom she ran a small publishing house, Cecil Woolf Publishers. Sadly he died recently.

This is Jean’s thirteenth appearance at UCT Summer School, something of a record.

Dramatis Personae

Tan Twan Eng: The Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng was longlisted for the Man Booker prize for his first book, The Gift of Rain. His second, the Garden of Evening Mists, was shortlisted for the Man Booker and won the Man Asian Booker prize in 2012. Written here in Cape Town, where Tan now lives, it is inspired in several crucial respects by South Africa. The film of the book will premiere this month and a clip from it will be shown at the lecture.

Isaac Rosenberg: When Isaac Rosenberg arrived in Cape Town in the summer of 1914, he had just completed a three-year course at the Slade School of Art in London and was to paint many of his finest pictures here, while staying with his newly-married sister, Minnie Horvitch, in District Six. But when the First World War broke out on 4 August 1914, it was to his second love, poetry, that Rosenberg would turn. It was in Cape Town that Rosenberg would write the first of his war poems, which would establish him as one of the greatest poets of the war that claimed his life at the age of twenty-seven.

Siegfried Sassoon: Siegfried Sassoon, who enlisted in the British Army at the very start of the First World War and served in it until invalided out a few months before its end, was a daring soldier, winning a Military Cross for his courage. He began the war as an ardent patriot, writing jingoistic poems in the manner of Rupert Brooke, but after witnessing the carnage in France on the Western Front, he turned to bitter satire, risking Court Martial or prison by making a Public Protest against the conduct of the war and the treatment of the ordinary soldier. His homosexuality, suppressed in the army out of a sense of duty towards his men, surfaced after the war in a series of lyrical love poems.

Robert Graves: Robert Graves was a man of many parts: a war -poet in the First World War, which he witnessed at first-hand as a Captain in the British Army; a writer of one of the best memoirs of that conflict, Good-Bye to All That; a highly successful historical novelist with works like I, Claudius and Claudius the God; and, starting in the mid-nineteen twenties, an impassioned love-poet whose love-poems are among the greatest of the 20th century. His pursuit of a 'Muse', personified for Graves in the mythological figure of The White Goddess, dominated the second half of his life and work, as he sought inspiration for his poetry.

Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group: Virginia Woolf, with her husband Leonard, was at the centre of a group of writers, artists, philosophers and politicians, who were united by their belief in the importance of friendship and the value of art. The Group included Vaness Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes and other intellectuals of the early 20th century. Their desire to reform the arts and, if necessary to 'shock the Bougeoisie' with their revolutionary feminism, pacifism and sexual freedom had a profound effect on all of them, Virginia Woolf in particular. Works like her Mrs Dalloway and Orlando helped to revolutionize the the English fiction in the first half of the 20th century.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Poets CREATIVE SISTERHOOD are off-the-wall at THE OBZ BOOK SHOP, 76 Lower Main, OBZ on MONDAY January 13th @19:30

A creative sisterhood
Over the past four years Jane de Sousa, Carri Kuhn, Clare Manicom and Sue Woodward have been meeting once a month, under the guidance of Wendy Woodward, to read, critique and discuss their poems. As a group they made presentations at the McGregor Festival in 2018 (Shifting Courses) and 2019 (Shifting Phases). Sue and Jane were awarded first and second places in the McGregor poetry competition in 2019. They have all been published variously in journals and anthologies.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Poet JACQUES COETZEE is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, Tokai on MONDAY December 2nd @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.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Poet ED BURLE is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, Tokai on MONDAY November 25th @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.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Poet JEAN WATERMEYER is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, Tokai on MONDAY November 18th @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.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Poet ARTHUR WHEAT is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, Tokai on MONDAY November 11th @19:30

Arthur is

a retired Banker with a love for words, living in Cape Town.  A scribbler and music lover, now having time to “stand and stare”, attempting to fill in the blanks missing from a life lived always busy, somewhere else.  An ex-Free Stater, with enduring memories of wide open spaces.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Poet MICHELE BETTY is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, Tokai on MONDAY November 4th @19:30

Michèle Betty is the poetry editor of New Contrast:  The South African Literary Journal and the founder of Dryad Press (Pty) Ltd, an independent press dedicated to the promotion and publication of poetry in South Africa.  She has a BA LLB from the University of Witwatersrand and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town (cum laude).  Her poems have appeared in journals both in South Africa and abroad and have been anthologised in The Live Canon International Poetry Competition Anthology, The Sol Plaatjie European Union Anthology and most recently in The New Century of South African Poetry (Jonathan Ball, 2018).  Her debut collection Metaphysical Balm was published in March 2017 and was shortlisted for the 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Poet JADE GIBSON is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, Tokai on MONDAY October 28TH @19:30

Jade Gibson writes:
Author of Glowfly Dance (Penguin Random House Umuzi 2016), Doctor of Anthropology, Visual Artist. Visions of society and imagery infuse my words, drawing from my experience and knowledge of the world. Book info

Monday, 21 October 2019

Poet TAURIQ JENKINS is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, Tokai on MONDAY October 21st @19:30

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  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.
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.
He writes poetry about chess.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Poet STEPHANIE SAUNDERS is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, Tokai on MONDAY October 14th @19:30

Steph writes mostly humorous poetry. She has done it off and on since schooldays. Steph has had poems published in various publications and has produced two chapbooks of poems and done readings at the McGregor Poetry festival.  Her other interests are art, hiking, gardening and she is a garden guide at Kirstenbosch.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Poet STEPHEN SYMONS is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday October 7th @19:30

Stephen Symons holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in History from the University of Pretoria. He is widely published across a number of fields, including non-fiction and his academic field of interest. Symons’ poetry collections (Questions for the Sea, 2016 & Landscapes of Light and Loss, 2018) and short stories have been published locally and internationally. He was short-listed for the American Hudson Prize for Poetry (2015), Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry (2017) and the Ingrid Jonker Prize for Poetry (2018). He will be taking up a Postdoctoral Mellon Fellowship at the University of Pretoria in 2019. He lives with his family in Oranjezicht, Cape Town.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Poet PETER ANDERSON is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday September30th @19:30

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

Friday, 20 September 2019

Poet LESLEY MILES is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday September 23rd @19:30

Lesley Miles writes:

I’m a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, feminist, and poet. I’ve always written poetry, and I’m working on an East Rand memoir, but I’ve done lots of different work. Before psychology I did an MA in English literature on the novels of Alice Walker.  Before that I did other stuff!  Right now, I live with one dog, two cats, and a few frogs, on the mean streets of Observatory.  For me, bliss is swimming in a cold ocean or river, and walking on a mountain. The impulses that drive me are always to do with opening into the discovery of new meanings,  connectedness, and the body.  I’ve published poems and stories in Sesame, New Contrast, and the anthology Lip: from Southern African women.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Poet KEITH GOTTSCHALK is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday September 16th @19:30

Keith Gottschalk has published one collection, Emergency Poems (1992) and has had many poems published in magazines. He hosts the monthly writers' workshop, the Lansdowne Local, at his home in Claremont. He chairs the board of the SA Literary Journal, New Contrast, and helps with the Monday Off the Wall readings.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Poet TROYDON WAINWRIGHT is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday September 9th @19:30

Troydon Wainwright is a writer and deep thinker based in Cape Town. He has won a Nova Award and has been published in New Contrast, Sol Plaatjie and the Best New African Poets compilation and elsewhere. In 2016 one of his Facebook posts went viral. He also works with special needs students. 

Change of scheduled poet

Jade Gibson can't make it to tomorrow's (September 9) gig for family reasons.

Fortunately, Troydon Wainwright is able to step in at short notice.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Poet LARA KIRSTEN is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday September 2nd @19:30

Lara Kirsten is a pianist and performance poet. After completing her high school career at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg in 1997, Lara received her BMus and BMus Honours degrees, both cum laude at the University of Pretoria. Joseph Stanford and Wessel van Wyk were her mentors in solo piano and chamber music respectively. In 1999 she was awarded a SAMRO bursary for undergraduate students. In 2002 she received her chamber music licentiate from UNISA. She was appointed junior lecturer at the University of Pretoria where she taught piano from 2003 to 2005.

For the past decade Lara has been active as both a solo and chamber musician performing with musicians such as soprano Linda van Coppenhagen, tenor Sandile Mabaso, clarinetist Morné van Heerden and cellists Wessel Beukes and Francois le Roux. She often performs her poetry within her music recitals. She has performed in venues such as the Sandton Theater on the Square, the Baxter concert hall in Cape Town, the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, the Guy Butler Theater in Grahamstown and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

Lara has performed at the Wakkerstroom Music Festival, the McGregor Poetry Festival, the AfrikaBurn Festival in the Tankwa Karoo, the Woordfees in Stellenbosch, the Hilton Arts Festival, the Michaelhouse Music Festival in KwaZulu-Natal and the Voorkamer Fest in Darling.

For the last seven years Lara has been based in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal from where she travels with her concert tours. She also teaches piano from her home. From 2014 to 2018 Lara has been invited to serve as adjudicator for the Pietermaritzburg Eisteddfod of the South African Society of Music Teachers.

Lara's poetry has been published in the South African Literary Journal New Contrast. In 2008 she became part of the Eastern Cape poet-group, Ecca, who presents readings and publishes collectively each year. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 poems by Lara have been selected to feature in the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology. She has compiled and edited two poetry books Poetry @Steampunk Coffee (2017) and Poetry next to the railway (2018).

Lara’s poetry, videos, photos and creative projects can be viewed on her blog at

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Monday, 26 August 2019

Book launch of Archie Swanson’s second collection of poems – the shores of years is off-the-wall at THE BOOK SHOPPE, TOKAI on Monday August 26th @ 19:30


Margaret Clough This is a book that I found to be a joy for both ear and eye. In this delightful collection the poet shares with us the love of the shores that he has known through the years. He matches carefully crafted verse with beautiful and aptly chosen photographs to introduce us to his favourite haunts.  We are immersed in the sights and sounds of Cape Town, both past and present, and also taken to London and shores further abroad.  Lively description of people and places is interspersed with touches of humour and of irony. Some experimental pieces are included among more conventional poetry.  A book to be kept close to hand to be picked up and savoured at many different moods and times.

Douglas Reid Skinner: Archie Swanson’s poems vary widely from amusing, witty, pithy observations to extended, more sombre musings. Yet such surfaces are often a disguise for more serious, layered thought, with seemingly simple observations leading to complex and unexpected depths.

Peter Merrington: the shores of years is direct, fresh, sun-dappled from the open heart. These poems are not written for a narrow clique. They are for all of us with love, zest, wit and empathy.

Geoff Haresnape: If Archie Swanson’s first collection, the stretching of my sky, was the opening of a poet’s inner eye, the shores of years imaginatively reflects the passage of time in his life. 

Jade Gibson : A sense of rhythm and visual creativity infuses this new collection. Wordplay and a patterned musicality amidst the reflections and intricacies of observed moments of life's ocean.

Keith Gottschalk: The Shores of Years exudes a quietness of contentment, embracing family, friends, surf, and church: "the best poem/ the best wave/the best friend/favourite city" But there is also a twenty-first century discernment here. Archie's poems effortlessly move across the borders of class, colour, and creed, from Bishops school to the Slave Church. This collection bears a pleasing blend of images and poems. There is a richness of styles; one poem invokes Sappho's line "the apple that the pickers missed".

Archie Swanson’s poetry was first published in 1973 in English Alive (an anthology of South African High School creative writing). His poems have been published in Stanzas and New Contrast. They also have appeared in the Best New African Poetry Anthologies (some in Japanese) and in Patricia Schonstein’s Africa! Anthologies In 2016 three poems were translated by Spanish poet López-Vega and published in the Spanish National Newspaper, El Mundo.  In 2017 poems were long listed for the Sol Plaatje Award and shortlisted for the UK Bridport Prize. Poems have also been included in the online AVBOB Poetry publication. Archie’s first collection of poems, the stretching of my sky, was published in 2018 and the second, the shores of years, has just been published. His poem déjà vu was the inspiration for a celebrated musician Grant McLachlan’s composition for violin, clarinet and piano, from the direction it should depart, which was performed in the Baxter Concert Hall in May. Another poem, my Guernica, is currently on display at the Guernica Remakings exhibition in the National Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall in London until 22 September. Archie serves on the Board of the SA Literary Journal. He has an M Agric Admin from the University of Stellenbosch and for years he has been involved in the South African fruit export industry. He is a lifelong surfer.

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 . 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.