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KOBUS MOOLMAN FOR LIPS (article first published : 2007-01-23)

Some of the country’s top poets are set to strut their stuff at the next gathering of the Live Poets’ Society (LiPS) in Durban. The occasion is the Durban launch of the thirteenth issue of Fidelities, KZN’s only literary journal, which was published at the end of last year.

Edited by prize-winning poet and playwright Kobus Moolman, Fidelities boasts the cream of South African poets – many of whom are LiPS members. It features several poets who have their own collections to their names. These include – in order of appearance in the volume – Joan Kerchhoff, Deena Padayachee, Michelle McGrane, Gabeba Baderoon, Alan Kolski Horwitz, Moira Lovell, Joop Bersee, Sally-Ann Murray and, of course, Kobus Moolman himself.

Kobus Moolman will introduce some of these big names as well as highly gifted emerging poets who are also in the journal. Many who have appeared in previous issues will also voice their work. This issue of Fidelities is notable for a number of long poems, which are a rarity in small anthologies. For aspiring poets, there are also useful tips by poet-publisher Gary Cummiskey on the dos and don’ts of submitting poetry for publication.

Kobus Moolman has nominated 13 as the theme for the session following the Fidelities poets. It may be interpreted as individually or loosely as desired, and all are welcome to present their takes on the subject. The evening closes with a Poet Pourri session, when poets may air their work on any topic they wish.

The Live Poets’ Society gathering takes place at 18h00 on January 30 at the Point Yacht Club.

There is no subscription or entry fee, but contributions towards expenses may be placed in the donation box. All are welcome, regardless of whether they write poetry. There is a cash bar, and guarded parking is available at R5. More information from Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762.




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