Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Obz Thursday 1 December

Our guest this week is Kelwyn Sole.

Kelwyn is De Beers Professor in English Literature at the University of Cape Town, and has published six collections of poetry, as well as being widely anthologised. He has won the Thomas Pringle, Olive Schreiner and Sydney Clouts Prizes for poetry, and has been runner-up for the Noma Award.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Obz Thursday 24th November

Kyle Allan was to read to us this week, but is unable to return from  KZN as scheduled. Instead, our guest this week is Tania Haberland.

Tania is the transcontinental spawn of a Hamburg sailor and an Indian Ocean mermaid. Born in Africa. Raised in Arabia. Miseducated in America.Matured in Europe. Currently sirening in Mauritius.As a poet-artist, she has used words, voice and body to co-create multi media pieces with various practitioners from photographers to drummers, dancers, a glass sculptor and a martial artist. Some of her favourite gigs have included chasing and being chased by cows in Devon, the histrionic character Mademoiselle Violette PompAssage, performing as a sadistic interrogator for the opening of Republic of An Us at the South African National Gallery and singing under a freezing cold shower for 2 weeks every morning in a campsite in Sardinia trying to capture the heart of a new love...

Her first book Hyphen won the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 2010.
Her second book Other is soon to be released.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Open Mike

We've always had an Open Mike to encourage participation, though listeners are welcome. It's a place to observe the first tentative moments in a poet's public life. Some dive straight in, others - like me - get one toe wet first and, if they survive that, they are set for life, the life of the poet.

The Open Mike is invariably after the break at the end of the guest poet's performance. Sometimes the guest stays on to enjoy and encourage. Often there's quite a number who'd like to read their own stuff or favourite poems of renown or obscurity. If the list is long we ask poets to restrict themselves to two or at most three short poems. This so everybody gets a chance to read or recite. If in doubt, ask the host if you want to read more than three poems. Be gracious if you are refused extra, and be gracious if you are not.

Off the Wall has been called a safe place. It is. It is not a slam. It's available to all. The great and the unknown read here. It's about poetry before ego.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Week of Thursday 10th November

This week we host Geoff Haresnape. I suspect we'll hear from either Erasmus Eyeball or Dr Severance Package. That's on Thursday at A Touch of Madness. At 7.30pm.

On Wednesday (9th November at 6.30pm) at The Village Hub, Scarborough, the redoubtable Open Mike reads to us at the monthly gig every second Wednesday.

See you there.

Restarting the Blog

I've spent a few hours weeding the blog's garden. The plan is to introduce new blooms yet keeping the verges tidy. And adding new colour.
Let me know, if you think I need to change or fix, or improve things.

Then I'm hoping to add news. And maybe a view of gigs done and dusted. And tasters of ones coming up.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

How do you get to be a guest poet at Off the Wall Poetry Performing?

We invite you.

If you are:
  • an established poet, or
  • an emerging poet we have noted, and
  • we know you, and
  • we think you are good enough and
  • we know you have enough material to prepare a good and balanced programme of approximately half an hour,
...then we'll put you on the list of potential invitees.

We strongly encourage you to make yourself known to us via our weekly open-mic session.

If you believe you are a potential guest-poet whom we have overlooked, please make yourself known to us by e-mailing “Off the Wall Poetry” <offthewallpoetry at gmail dot com>.  This will not guarantee an invitation, and an invitation will not guarantee a date.  It is not a good strategy for you to emerge from nowhere at short notice, expecting and demanding a slot.

We are not a pulpit for religious proselytisers.

We are not an on-demand launch venue for CDs.

Our guest-poet list is arranged in advance, so we cannot guarantee that a particular date will be available for a particular poet.  We seek, within reason, to accommodate everyone, but not to the point where we abuse the good nature of other guest poets by repeatedly re-scheduling them.

Off the Wall Poetry Performing is a POETRY gig

As its name implies, Off the Wall Poetry Performing is a poetry gig — that is, not a music gig.

Now and again, we veer off into other forms of spoken word, such as story-telling, and poems are occasionally supported or accompanied by music, but the predominant theme is poetry.

Off the Wall Poetry Performing is therefore not an appropriate venue for music gigs, for which other venues exist.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Off the Wall – Poetry Reading


Every Thursday, except public holidays if the venue is closed, at 7.30pm. Poetry takes a vacation, too, for about four weeks over Christmas.  Check the calendar, above right.


The Lounge
A Touch of Madness
12 Nuttall Road
Cape Town
(Check the map, above right.)


Free - a donation is good.

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