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NEW LAUNCHES (article first published : 2003-06-1)

Adams Campus Bookshop launched several publications during the recent Poetry Afric Festival.

Michael Chapman’s Southern African Literatures (University of Natal Press May 2003) was first published in the UK in 1996 by Longman. This South African edition is re-published with a revised Preface in which the author considers the sometimes heated debates arising from its first release. Southern African Literatures is a major study of the work of writers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique and Namibia, written at a time of crucial change in the subcontinent. It covers a wide range of work from the storytelling of stone-age Bushmen to modern writing by South and Southern Africa's renowned figures.

ROOTZ AFRICA: Music & Culture (Cape Town: Uhuru Communcations) was first published in September 2002. This bi-monthly high quality magazine, was born from the collective vision of bringing Africa together through culture, music and heritage. Covering all the genres of music and culture, ROOTZ Africa fills a much-needed gap in the South African magazine market. Vol. 4 2003 reports on the recent Time of the Writer Festival and a feature on Mamba Comix launched at Time of the Writer, while the latest issue includes a preview of Poetry Africa 2003.

Feet of the Sky (Brevitas Publishing May 2003) is a new collection by Pietermaritzburg-based poet , Kobus Moolman and offers a varied but evocative view on contemporary South African society and the challenging role of the poet. Sometimes bitter, frequently gritty, even on occasion wry and sardonic, the poems tease the reader from yearning to fulfilment, from alienation to quiet conviction. The collection also includes lyrical drawings by Shan Jacobs and short articles by the poet on the essential meaning of the written word in a range of contexts, from a prison cell to a railway compartment. Kobus Moolman's other works include Time Like Stone (Univ of Natal Press 2000) which won the Ingrid Jonker Prize for a debut collection, and a joint collection, 5 Poetry (Botsotso Publishers 2001). Kobus is also editor of the poetry journal Fidelities.

Edited by Robert Berold, South African Poets on Poetry (University of Natal Press, May 2003) features 20 poets of the 1980s and 1990s talking about their aesthetics, their politics, and the impluses that drive their writing.The depth and variety of South African Poetry comes alive in these interviews, first published in the poetry journal New Coin from 1992 to 2001.

More details from Cedric Sissing at Adams Campus Bookshop on the University of Natal Durban campus on 031 261 2320 or 082 873 2702. fax 031 261 6053 or e-mail: adamsbks@iafrica.com or visit www.adamsbooks.co.za




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