Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Naked Word with Jason Jacobs Thursday June 21



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.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Poet Ursula Grobler is off-the-wall Thursday June 14

Ursula writes:

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!
Ursula


Monday, 4 June 2018

Poet Pat Louw is off-the-wall Thursday evening June 7


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.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Poet Arthur Wheat is off-the-wall Thursday May 31

Arthur writes -


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.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Poet Liz Trew is off-the-wall Thursday May 24


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.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Poet Winnie Thomson is off-the-wall on Thursday May 17.


Winnie Thomson is a retired teacher of French, a keen member of the OTW community, and poet.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Poet Archie Swanson is Off-the-Wall in Obz tomorrow May 10 at 7.30pm

                                                                                                                                                           
 Archie Swanson is a 62 year old surfer living in the Garden Route whose fruit export business and love for surfing have taken him to many parts of the world.
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:







Monday, 7 May 2018

Poet Kris Marais is in Scarborough, Wed May 9, 7pm

Here's Kris.

Find him Wednesday May 9 at 7pm at Cathy's place, 11 Gemsbok, Scarborough

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Ecca Poets are off-the-wall Thursday May 3


Ed Burle writes:
Ecca is an informal group of poets mainly from the Eastern Cape, South Africa, who have been active for the past 25 years.

The group was formed while the founding members, Lagan, Somhlahlo, Walter and Morrissey taught at the University of Fort Hare in Alice. Many of the books have since been launched for readings for the Hogsback Spring Festival.

The group presents regular readings and runs creative writing workshops in and around their home towns of Port Elizabeth, King William’s Town and Hogsback.

Initially they were the Echo Poets, collaborating with artists, including Hillary Graham. In the mid-90s, the poets established their independence from the artists and renamed themselves the Ecca Poets, after the Ecca pass on R67 connecting Fort Beaufort and Grahamstown.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Poet Tauriq Jenkins is off-the-wall on Thursday 26 April



This is our annual acknowledgement of the enormous gratitude we extend to the Bard's memory these 400 years. And who better to lead the celebrations than Tauriq Jenkins! Expect the best!

Tauriq Jenkins is the founding artistic director of the Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa, and Shakespeare in Prison South Africa. As an actor he has performed across local and international theatres, and film. His credits include Hamlet (RSC) directed by Janet Suzman, Antigone (Baxter) directed by Shaun Matthias, Antony and Cleopatra (Harlem Shakespeare Festival) directed by Patronia Paley, Ivanov (Schapro Theatre, NYC) directed by Andrei Serban. Films include Attack on Darfur, Death Race 2, A Lucky Man, Empire of Sharks, BBC SAS Heroes.

Tauriq holds a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University and was trained by voice teacher Kristin Linklater. He is an IFP Alumni Fellow at the School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University, and studied Oral History at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the International Davis Peace Prize for his work in incarceration, training Shakespearian actors in prisons.

MFA, School of the Arts, Columbia University

IFP Fellow, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (nulli secundus).

Here's more stuff from Tauriq...
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, 16 April 2018

Poet Ruben Mowszowski reads Thurs 19 April


Ruben writes -
I  hang  out in a country town near Melbourne, read poems occasionally, compose new stuff with Maxim via the internet. I’ll be reading my  Rockey Street saga, Namaste in full.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Poet Keith Gottschalk reads Thurs 12th April

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.

20th CENTURY PHYSICS

Heisenberg felt uncertain.
Planck went all to pieces.
Schrodinger put out a bowl of milk.
Einstein was unperturbed;
he knew it was all relative.

Come & enjoy a poem & slide show flight!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Poet PATRICIA SCHONSTEIN is off-the-wall on Thursday 5th April at A TOUCH OF MADNESS at 7.30pm (19h30)


Patricia Schonstein is a novelist, poet, author of children’s books and curator of anthologies. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UCT and serves on the Poetry in McGregor Committee.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

LIESL JOBSON is OFF-THE-WALL at A Touch of Madness TONIGHT Thursday March 29 @ 7.30pm


Liesl Jobson is a published writer, photographer and musician. She is currently the media officer at Fetola, where she enjoys promoting the success of South African small business owners. A keen rower, she captains the women's crew at Alfreds Rowing Club and lives at Zeekoevlei, where the birds and otters remind her about poetry. She is the author of Ride the Tortoise, 100 Papers, a collection of prose poems and flash fiction that has been translated and published in Italian as Cento strappi and a volume of short stories, View from an Escalator. She has also written three children’s books as a participant in the Book Dash initiative. For fun, she plays the contrabassoon with the Cape Philharmonic when the planets are happily aligned.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

JAN MORAN NEIL reads tonight Wednesday 28th March in Scarborough at Cathy's home (11 Gemsbok).


Jan Moran Neil B.Ed Hons MSt has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. Her poetry collection: Red Lipstick & Revelations is published by Indigo Dreams and she performs her poetry here and in the UK.  She was trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is a widely published and performed playwright on the London Fringe. Her play A President in Waiting …has been performed at the Desmond Tutu HIV Youth Foundation Centre, Masiphumelele, Gugu S’Thebe Theatre, Langa and Masambe, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. Her poetry has been commended and published in many anthologies in the UK and South Africa including New Contrast. (Honourable Mention 2017.)She won Bloomsbury Publishing’s International sonnet competition 2016 judged by Ruth Padel /Royal Society of Literature Review/January 17. Jan runs Creative Ink for Writers and Actors in the UK, is a seasoned swallow married to a Fish Hoekian and has run Fish Hoek Scribblers’ workshops since 2009. www.janmoranneil.co.uk

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

JIM PASCUAL AGUSTIN is Off-the-Wall, THURSDAY 15th MARCH at 7.30pm.


Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates in Filipino and English. He moved to Cape Town 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.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Poet KOBUS MOOLMAN is off-the-wall on Thursday 8th MARCH at A TOUCH OF MADNESS at 7.30pm (19h30)



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, 27 February 2018

Poet DIANE AWERBUCK is off-the-wall on Thursday 1st March at A TOUCH OF MADNESS at 7.30pm (19h30)


Diane Awerbuck is a teacher, writer and reviewer. Her most recent novel is the high-brow horror, Home Remedies. As Frank Owen, she also writes apocalypse survival guides with Alex Latimer: their novel North is due out in December. She is currently working on a short story collection about sex and death - in that order. 


Amongst other forms, Diane is into haiku. I hope she'll bring copies for you to buy.


Here's an example.


Taste

She was halved, and found

the star inside the apple.
No one thanks the snake.

Featherweight


Heaven is highly organised: 

The angel belt is closest to earth.
You teach me the first names
of the cherubim and seraphim,
of everything high and low.
Now there is a thin coating of your saliva between
this world and the next:
everything blessed;
everything charged.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Dawn Garisch - Off-the-Wall this Thursday 22 February 2018

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 will be on at The Masque from 14th to 24th March. 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.
Links
Dawn Garisch's Blog
Dawn Garisch at Books Live

Dawn reads regularly in public (and in private to be sure.) And she loves to dance, and hike. I've the privilege to count her among my friends. Don't miss the chance to enjoy her words - visceral to be sure.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Scarborough 10th Jan Gig at Cathy's place

Laverne Schwimmbacher was our guest. Despite the trial of a puncture on her way to Scarbs, Laverne entertained us with poems from her chapbook.
In the open mike we had readings from Cathy, Mandy, Ash, Julia, Oliver, Doug, David and Hugh. Next gig is at Hugh's place on 24th January.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

First Gig of 2018

Guest

Frances Thompson who's visiting Cape Town is an Irish poet who lives in south west England. I heard her read at a small gathering in Kalk Bay. You'll enjoy her poems. She's not here long, so take yourself to A Touch of Madness to enjoy her voice and wisdom. Bring something of your own for her to enjoy.

Open mike as usual.
Always, Hugh