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2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Winners Announced! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 12:25

The Jacana Literary Foundation just announced the shortlist for this year's Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.  This news alone is cause for delight in the Literary Tourism office but there is even greater cause for excitement this year.  One of the shortlisted poets, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, crafts her work just down the corridor from us in the UKZN English Department and her poem "A Portrait of a Mother and Indiscretion" has been shortlisted for the award! This is, however, not the first time a UKZN poet has been selected for the shortlist; Kobus Moolman won the award in 2013 for "Daily Duty".

September saw poets Johann de Lange, Goodenough Mashego and Joan Metelerkamp judge 472 entries and compile a longlist of 63 poems.  From these 63 entries, Mongene Wally Serote has selected the three winning poems, with the overall winner to be announced on 17 October at the Poetry Africa Festival in Durban.

Upon learning about the announcement, we managed to get in touch with Busuku-Mathese to hear her response to the news: "I'm incredibly excited. As a bit of a newcomer to poetry, being selected is very encouraging. The Sol Plaatje EU award is great platform for newcomers and established poets to come together and I'm honoured to be part of that"

The event will take place at 8 Morrison Street at 6pm on 17 October.  Save the date and come hang out with us.

In Case You Missed the Ramsgate Literary Festival! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:30

South Coast Tourism held a “literature festival” at the Ramsgate Whale Deck, attended by poets, authors, artists and historians on Thursday.

As part of the festival organisations and individuals displayed crafts and other wares.

Professor Stiebel spoke on KZN Literary Tourism and the South Coast Writers Trial. Author Pieter de Bruin shared how to get your book ready for submitting to an e-book publisher.

Vicky Wentzel of Ugu South Tourism said the festival was a huge success.

“This years inaugural festival was incredibly well supported and enjoyed by all. The Ramsgate Whale Deck proved to be the perfect venue and the support we received from the tourism committee as well as Ramsgate Conservancy was heartwarming,” said Wentzel.

The dates for the 2016 event have already been set - 24 and 25 September.

Wentzel said they look forward to growing this into an anchor event for Ramsgate.

Words by Precious Gumede of News24


19th Poetry Africa 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2015 10:27

The 19th Poetry Africa 2015 International Poetry Festival is upon us! The festival features 24 participants from South Africa and around the world. The extensive week-long programme features performances, readings and book-launches from some of the world’s most diverse poets every evening at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The festival finale and the Durban Slam Jam take place at The Rivertown Beer Hall on Saturday 17 October. The day programme includes seminars, workshops, poetry competitions, open mic opportunities, campus invasions and schools visits.

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