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WHAT HERITAGE MEANS TO ME (article first published : 2008-08-15)

The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) will host the 12th Poetry Africa, International Poetry Festival from September 29 to October 4, 2008. The evening events will take place mainly at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (19h30), University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, where poets will read and perform their poetry.

A major component of the festival is the schools programme which consists of a schools roadshow by participating poets and a poetry competition. Poetry Africa invites learners to submit material for the poetry competition which is held in conjunction with the festival.

The theme this year revolves around the statement What Heritage Means to Me. Learners should submit poems by September 8 for judges to make the final selection of winners. Entries received after this date will not be accepted. Poems must engage creatively with this theme and can be written in English or Zulu or Afrikaans. Illegible entries will not be considered – poems must be neatly handwritten or preferably typed. No more than two poems per pupil are to be submitted, with a maximum length of one A4 page per poem.

Prizes will be given for the best entries and all winners will be given complimentary tickets to attend the festival on the evening of October 3 when it is hoped they will read their poems and where they will receive prizes. The Masizi Kunene Foundation, which preserves and celebrates the legacy of the late poet laureate, will additionally award prizes for the best poems written in Zulu. All winning entries will be displayed in the foyer of the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre for patrons to view.

Learners wishing to be involved in this competition should submit poems, together with their school’s name, teacher’s name, and school telephone number to the Centre for Creative Arts by no later than September 8. Entries may be hand-delivered to the Centre or faxed to 031 260 3074 or posted to Centre For Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, King George V Avenue, Durban, South Africa, 4041

For more information on the festival or the competition, contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506 or visit www.cca.ukzn.ac.za




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