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.

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