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WHISPER FROM THE HEART (article first published : 2005-02-16)

South African poet, Stan Almendro, has launched the Whisper from the Heart Poetry Club website, opening opportunities for aspiring poets to have access not only to publishing their works but a host of related services.

He recently teamed up with IT specialist, Wynand Labuschagne and Giselle Visser to develop a website catering for a wide spectrum of the arts. The club offers competitions for scholars and adults, pen pal club, African art by Cameron Juby, etched leather art from Danie Potgieter, a range of pottery by Adrian Kirston as well as art, for the ardent art lover through an affiliation with Art Price.

“We have also formed an association with Amazon where we offer books, CD’s and DVD’s that are of specific interest to poetry and art lovers,” says Stan. “Our aim is to grow African poetry and art. The talent in our country is immense and we feel that by joining our club and sending in contributions we will make the literary and art world stand up and see what we have to offer. Our hopes for the web site are to show our country’s valuable source of talent. We welcome poetry and art contributions.”

The club has also formed and alliance with an African tour facility that is being offered via the web site. This opens up prospects for visitors to visit South Africa and see what is on offer by way of tours and art of the African wild game.

“Our 2005 competition is open to scholars, who need to enter via their respective schools,” comments Stan, “Non-scholars may also enter under an adult category. Super prizes can be won and this also opens up the opportunity to have poems published in a number of anthologies,” concludes Stan.

The 2004 schools competition was a great success with over R20,000 paid out in prize money and without advertising the 2005 competition, the enquiries re this year's competition are reaching the office in volumes.

Interested poets (adults and schools) can visit the side at www.whisperpoetry.com or contact the office on 013 93 23182.

Correspondence can be addressed to Whisper from the Heart Poetry Club, PO Box 1466, Alberton, 1450, South Africa or visit our web site www.whisperpoetry.com




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