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CHAPMAN PEAKS FOR POETS (article first published : 2002-06-27)

This month's meeting promises to be at least as successful as the guest presenter is Strauss' erstwhile colleague Michael Chapman, Professor of English and Dean of Humanities at the University of Natal, Durban.

Chapman's numerous publications include the first ever study of the poetry of Douglas Livingstone and of Soweto poetry. His book South African Poetry: A Modern Perspective won the Sanlam Literary Award, and his literary history South African Literatures won the Bill Venter Award - the premier prize for South African academic publications.

Holder of the English Academy Medal for service to English education, Chapman produced the path-breaking anthology A Century of South African Poetry in 1982. It was followed this year by the completely revised The New Century of South African Poetry which has received huge critical acclaim.

In line with the thrust of his work, the evening's theme is "African-ness" (which is not a female African). Poets are invited to present any poems they may have written which could be linked to this topic. There will also be a pot-pourri session in which members may air their work on any subject they wish.

The meeting takes place at 17h30 on July 10 at Adams Books Coffee Shop in Musgrave Centre. Snacks and beverages are available, there is no charge and all are welcome but participation is encouraged.

For more details phone Brett on 031 266-4762 or e-mail thirdeye@3i.co.za




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