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SALLY-ANN MURRAY FOR LIPS (article first published : 2007-03-18)

Exactly a year ago Sally-Ann Murray was the guest poet at a gathering of the Live Poets’ Society (LiPS) in Durban. Since then she has launched her second collection. Entitled open season, it was greeted with great acclaim at the Poetry Africa Festival towards the end of last year. Those who missed it, or would like a reprise, can catch her at LiPS’ next meeting.

Sally-Ann Murray’s debut collection Shifting (1992) won the Sanlam and Arthur Nortje/Vita Awards. It seems open season is destined for similar accolades.

Says Michael Chapman, UKZN Dean of Humanities and definitive literary anthologist and critic: “Murray’s distinction is to find the poem in the most unexpected of situations, mingling the unusual image with the ‘found’ word. This collection presents a contemporary South African voice quite unlike any other.” The collection will be available at the meeting at the very reasonable price of R60.

Sally-Ann Murray is an Associate Professor of English at UKZN. An extraordinarily high achiever, she has nominated Extra/ordinary as the evening’s theme. Those with poems which could be linked to this challenging subject are welcome to present them. Then in the Poet Pourri session, poems on any topic may be aired.

The meeting takes place at 18h00 on March 27 in the Quarterdeck of Point Yacht Club. Entry is free and all are welcome, regardless of whether or not they write poetry. As there is no booking, seats are on a first-come basis. There is a cash bar, and guarded parking at R5 is available. For more details contact Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762.




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