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POETS HIT BLIND SPOTS (article first published : 2007-07-21)

Many poets are also playwrights, and vice versa. A case in point is poet-playwright Kobus Moolman who has won several awards in both mediums. Last month he simultaneously published a collection of three of his radio plays entitled Blind Voices (Botsotso Press) and his fourth collection of poems Separating the Seas (UKZN Press).

The latter will be launched at a future meeting of the Live Poets’ Society (LiPS) in Durban. Blind Voices will be featured during this month’s gathering at 18h00 on July 31 in the Quarterdeck of the Point Yacht Club.

In addition to the scripts, the publication contains a CD recording of the award-winning BBC production of one of the plays, Soldier Boy. By way of a change from LiPS’ normal format, it will be introduced and played during the evening by the playwright, who will also whet poetic appetites by giving a foretaste of Separating the Seas.

Miss Dolly, another play in the collection, is also a BBC award-winner. This and Soldier Boy have subsequently been broadcast by the SABC. Amongst Kobus Moolman’s other awards are the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize (2000) and the PANSA Award for Best Script (2004). In addition to his prolific output, he edits the annual literary anthology Fidelities and lectures Creative Writing in the English Studies Dept of UKZN.

Taking a cue from the title of the play collection, the evening’s theme is “Blindness”. Those with poems which may be linked to this subject, however tenuously, are invited to present them after the main event. Then in the Poet Pourri session, poems on any topic may be aired.

Entry is free and all are welcome even if they don’t yet write poetry. Guarded parking is available at R5 and there is a cash bar.

For more details on LiPS, contact Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762.




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