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DAMIAN GARSIDE (article first published : 2004-06-28)

Two years ago David Basckin and Zoe Molver previewed their documentary film about the late great Durban poet Douglas Livingstone to Durban’s Live Poets’ Society (LiPS). It was subsequently screened to great acclaim at the Durban International Film Festival.

They have now made another film on another Durban poet, Damian Garside, who is widely recognised as one of the country’s most idiosyncratic and stylistic poets. Born in England, he completed his schooling in South Africa. He studied at the University of Cape Town and at Manchester University. He has a PhD in English and taught at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville before moving into the administration department.

“Damian Garside has been published extensively in virtually every South African literary journal, as well as in America and numerous anthologies,” says Brett Beiles of the Live Poets Society. “His much-awaited debut collection is due for publication soon. Meantime you can get a foretaste of the man and his work as the film will be shown at LiPS’ next get-together, ahead of its world première during the Poetry Africa Festival in October. Why it is entitled Rough-Cut in Orange you can find out for yourself on July 14.”

As much of Garside’s poetry is highly satirical, he has nominated Laughter as the evening’s theme. Those with poems which could be linked to that topic are invited to present them after the film. During the Poet Pourri session, poets may air their work on any subject they wish.

The next meeting of the Live Poets Society takes place at 17h30 on July 14 in Adams Books Coffee Shop, Musgrave Centre. Entrance is free and all are welcome, regardless of whether or not they write poetry. There are no bookings, and latecomers are advised to bring a cushion or folding chair.

More details on 082 516 0517 or 031 266 4762 (a/h); e-mail: thirdeye@3i.co.za




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