Saturday, 16 February 2019
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).
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Thursday, 14 February 2019
Monday, 11 February 2019
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.
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Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Keith Gottschalk will read from the poems of Yannis Ritsos, translated from the Greek.
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Wednesday, 30 January 2019
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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."
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Tuesday, 15 January 2019
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Monday, 7 January 2019
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Friday, 28 December 2018
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.
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018
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Monday, 10 December 2018
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Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Monday, 26 November 2018
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Monday, 19 November 2018
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018
KEN BARRIS is Off-the-Wall at The Village Hub, Scarborough Wednesday November 14th at 6.30pm for 7pm
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Wednesday, 7 November 2018
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.
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Monday, 29 October 2018
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.
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Tuesday, 23 October 2018
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.
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Monday, 15 October 2018
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.
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Monday, 8 October 2018
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.
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018
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.
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Thursday, 27 September 2018
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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
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
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Monday, 10 September 2018
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 Body, The 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.
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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.
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Thursday, 6 September 2018
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Tuesday, 28 August 2018
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Monday, 13 August 2018
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Monday, 6 August 2018
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
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
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018
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.
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Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Julia and Hugh will read Hugh's long poem "Fit for Purpose" - a poem for several voices. This is the first public performance of the work.
Hugh writes (of himself) - 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.
Julia Kramer lives on the Southern tip of the peninsula, where the mountains meet the Atlantic. She arranges words in translation and in poetry. Some of her poems appeared in Adder & Angel and New Contrast. She loves the outdoors, and is a keen gardener and amateur botanist. So much to do, so little time.
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Monday, 9 July 2018
Doret Jordaan is a writer, foreign language teacher, language professional, desert literature researcher and coach currently living in Stellenbosch. Her fiction and poetry in Afrikaans and English feature travel, food and landscapes – notably the landscape of her previous homes, Zululand and the Little Karoo.
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Thursday, 5 July 2018
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Theatre Practitioner. Performance Poet. Writer. Coffee Addict. All rights reserved © K. Putuma
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Saturday, 23 June 2018
Ralph Goodman has a doctorate in English Literature. He taught English Literature at universities for more than 40 years. Since retiring in 2010, he does editing work and writes poetry. He was recently appointed to a research post by the University of Stellenbosch. He hopes that his poetry carries an inquisitiveness about all living creatures – the quirky, the serious and the numinous.
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Jason Jacobs – honoured in 2017 by Kunste Onbeperk, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival for his contribution to South African Theatre and Performing Arts. Jacobs is a multi-award winning theatre director and recipient of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary who hails a a playwright / theatre-maker, dialogue coach / casting director, and published poet (New Contrast). This year his co-owned production house, KleiSand Productions, adapted the stage debut of Jolyn Phillips’ Humanities & Social Sciences Award winning Tjieng Tjang Tjerrries & Other Short Stories (Modjaji Books) for US Woordfees – Jacobs co-wrote, designed and directed the play. Womb of Fire by The Mothertongue Project received best play, best director and best performer at the festival which Jacobs translated into Afrikaans (original by Rehane Abrahams). Furthermore, Jacobs specialises in theatre for young imaginations, devising work for children aged 0-7 years. Jacobs is the dialogue coach and casting director of Suidooster, a multicultural soapie on kykNET.
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Sunday, 10 June 2018
I have really come to be me out of a single turning point. And that is rowing, and the dream of rowing to a win of a gold medal at an Olympic Game. It has took me 10 years to get to Rio Olympics 2016. The dream realised… but then not completed as a happy ending. We had a very disappointing final and I was devastated.
Before I became a rower, I lived in Seattle, after completing my four-year bachelors degree in Information Design at TUKS. I worked as a graphic designer. Then I got retrenched. My brother committed suicide. And I fell apart and re-looked at everything. Especially lost dreams. Or dreams never to be chased when death has come early. And that is when I started to row. I was 27. I called a new coach who came from Spain to Seattle and said I want to go to the Olympic Games. Having found out that I had just learnt to row a year ago, he said I have the wrong idea. But he took me on anyway and 3 years later I broke the World Record on the Indoor rowing machine, and 7 years later I did go to the Olympic Games. I have been published only formally once, in 1998 in Mirror Images, Anthology of Verse from the Poetry Institute of Africa. But I have written alot about all these losses and little gains. And honoured to share those with you tonight.
Here is a little video I made and published on my youtube username as Taciit. It was done a month or so after I returned from the Rio Olympic Games.
Thank you for this opportunity!
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Monday, 4 June 2018
Pat Louw taught English at the University of Zululand for a long time and her research in place-based literary criticism took her to Russia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Now she is based in Scarborough where she does some reading, writing, crafting and photography.
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Monday, 28 May 2018
Born in Kroonstad and spent formative years in the Free State.
Moved to George in 1969 and Cape Town in 1975.
Married (still) in 1977 with two children and one Grandson.
After 42 years, in 2015 retired as a Bank Manager.
Loves music and language, and the relationship between the two.
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Sunday, 20 May 2018
Elizabeth Trew reads her poetry at A Touch of Madness at 7.30pm, Thursday May 24. Please diarise.
Liz Trew's poems appear in numerous poetry journals and anthologies as well as selections in ISISx (Botsotso) and Prodigal Daughters: stories of South African women in exile, edited by Lauretta Ngcobo. She returned home to South Africa in 1991 after decades away; is inspired by the humanity of others and the natural world.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
His poems have been published since 1973 when his poem “mapolisa – the police” was included in English Alive – an annual anthology of South African High School creative writing. His poems appear in several anthologies, poetry blogs and quarterly poetry publications like Stanzas and New Contrast and have been translated and published in Spanish and in Japanese.
In 2017 two of his poems were short listed for the Sol Plaatje Award and the UK Bridport prize.
He has been a regular guest poet at the McGregor Poetry Festival.
He will be reading poems from his recently published collection – the stretching of my sky
Here are some snaps from his Collection:
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