Public workshops at Poetry Africa

Taras Malkovych is among talents to be highlighted at Durban’s 22nd annual Poetry Africa Festival.

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BY BILLY SUTER

FREE workshops at various venues in Durban will be a highlight of the 22nd annual Poetry Africa Festival that will run in the city from October 15 to 20.

The festival, supported through principal funding from the eThekwini Municipality, features a host of local and international poets. It offers performances, readings and book launcheswith a dynamic array of poets every evening.

The festival also includes the popular Durban Slam Jam Competition and the festival finale, featuring all the poets in the festival. The daytime programme includes seminars, workshops, poetry competitions, open-mic opportunities, campus invasions and school visits.

Visiting poets will include BM Mdletshe (South Africa), Daniel B Summerhill (US). Emmah Mabye (South Africa), Gcina Mhlophe (South Africa). Lebo Mashile (South Africa), Mak Manaka (South Africa), Matete Motsoaledi (South Africa). Míriam Cano (Spain). Mphutlane wa Bofelo (South Africa), Myroslav Laiuk (Ukraine), Nkateko Masinga (South Africa) and Phelelani Makhanya (South Africa).

Also to be featured are Philip Meersman (Belgium), Rafeef Ziadah (Palestine), Sandile Ngidi (South Africa), Severine Daucourt-Fridriksson (France). Tanya Evanson (Canada). Taras Malkovych (Ukraine). TJ Dema (Botswana). Upile Chisala (Malawi) and Vuyelwa Maluleke (South Africa).

Workshops start on Tuesday, October 16, with a 10am to 11am event at Inanda’s Maphisa Jazz Lounge, with the Poetry Exchange led by Mak Manaka, Tanya Evanson and Nkateko Masinga.

The second workshop that day, from 10am to noon, is a Poetry Exchange at Clermont Auditorium, by Lebo Mashile, Gcina Mhlophe and Daniel B Summerhill.

Third workshop on the day’s programme, between 11am and noon, is at the Centre for Creative Arts – a Slam Poetry workshop with Philip Meersman, followed by In Conversation with BM Mdletshe at the UKZN IsisZulu Studies Department from 1pm to 2pm.

Wrapping up the day at Alliance Francaise in Morningside, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm, is a Poetry Exchange led by Vuyelwa Maluleke, Sandile Ngidi and Miriam Cano.

Varied Workshops are also scheduled for October 17 and 18, while the last workshop takes place from 10am to 11am on Saturday, October 20.

“We are excited about providing these free workshop opportunities to the general public to engage directly with the participating poets. There are great opportunities to really get into valuable conversations with practising poets and to learn and exchange knowledge” said Siphindile Hlongwa, Senior Administrator at the CCA.

The full programme for Poetry Africa can be viewed on the website https://medium.com/poetry-africa or phone (031) 260 2506 for more information.


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