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POETRY AFRICA (article first published : 2005-09-16)

More than 20 poets from South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world will descend on Durban for the 9th Poetry Africa international poetry festival, which takes place from October 10 to 15 this year.

The festival presents a diversity of poetic styles ranging from the lyrical genius of Lemn Sissay (UK) to the 2005 Daimler-Chrysler Award-winner for South African Poetry, Gabeba Baderoon. Other participants include Vonani Bila (South Africa), Chiwoniso (Zimbabwe), Pedro Espi-Sanchis (Spain/South Africa), Celena Glenn (USA), Aryan Kaganof (South Africa), Madosini (South Africa), Joan Metlerkamp (South Africa), Masello Motana (South Africa), Lukas Mkuti (Mozambique), Malika Ndlovu (South Africa), Tanure Ojaide (Nigeria), Hagar Peeters (Netherlands), Abdul Hadi Sadoun (Iraq), Mamta Sagar (India), Tenzin Tsundue (Tibet), and Krip Yuson (Philippines).

The extensive week-long programme includes performances, readings and book-launches every evening at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, with a festival finale and SLAM-JAM at the BAT Centre on October 15. Day activities include seminars, workshops, poetry competitions, poetry in prison, open mic opportunities, and school visits.

Visit www.cca.ukzn.ac.za for full programme of activities or contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506 or e-mail cca@ukzn.ac.za

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Poetry Africa is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Fund, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Arts & Culture Trust, HIVOS, French Institute of South Africa and the City of Durban.




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