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POETRY AND PROSE EVENING (article first published : 2000-09-12)

Gecko Poetry, an imprint of the University of Natal Press, will present a reading by poets Joan Metelerkamp and Robert Berold at Adams Campus Bookshop’s Evening of Poetry and Prose on September 19 at 17h30 for 18h00 at Howard College Theatre on the University Campus.

Previously from Durban, Joan Metelerkamp now lives in Knysna and has published two earlier collections Towing the Line and Stone No More. She will read from her new collection Into the day breaking. This describes a small world face to face with the dry contours and harsh economics of a small sawmill community in the Southern Cape revealing how love and illumination have to be struggled for in daily routine and tedium.

Editor, writer and literary critic Robert Berold is based in Grahamstown. His previous collections are tiled Door to the River and The Fires of the Dead and is currently Poet in Residence at Hilton College. He will read from his 1999 collection Rain across a Paper Field which takes the reader through and beyond the woundedness of today’s South Africa.

The third author will be Farida Karodia, author of Daughters of the Twilight and A Shattering Silence. She was one of the featured authors at The Time of the Writer Festival in 1998 and her second visit to Durban will be presented by Penguin Books (SA). At the Adams Campus Bookshop’s Evening of Poetry and Prose she will read from her latest novel Other Secrets.

Dealing with the days before mass relocation, the sensitively written novel examines a time when solitary Asian traders lived and traded in the heart of white rural communities. Isolated because of their racial and cultural differences, they built walls around themselves, surviving like bits of flotsam on a hostile sea, practising their religion and conducting their daily routine as inconspicuously as possible. Other Secrets explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters and the peripheral role of a principled, hard-working father whose only fault is his futile optimism.

Those wishing to attend should contact (031) 261-2320 (ext. 2885) or e-mail adamsbks@iafrica.com before September 15.




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