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SHARON SCOTT (article first published : 2005-09-23)

The main mission of The Live Poets' Society (LiPS) in Durban is to nurture the appreciation and writing of poetry. It has scored notable successes over its 10 years of existence, launching the debut collections of several budding poets who have since matured to full bloom. These include John Ballam, Mphutlane wa Bofelo, Evelyn Cresswell, Michelle McGrane, Marí Peté, Meryl Raw and Thanissara.

Evelyn Cresswell has since appeared at the International Poetry Africa Festival in Durban and published a second collection. Michelle McGrane has also published a second collection, and next month Mphutlane wa Bofelo will again feature in Poetry Africa, having won the Slampionship there two years ago.

Now LiPS is proud to premičre the work of another rising star in its ranks. When Sharon Scott was performing her work during a LiPS meeting, she caught the ear of Graham Lancaster of Alexander House publishers. Lancaster is also a LiPS regular, despite living in Pietermaritzburg. Their meeting of minds has resulted in a collection of 61 poems entitled Reflections.

A Durbanite since birth, Sharon Scott draws her inspiration from personal experiences of the highs and lows of human relationships. Her rare empathy with people's conflicts and tribulations are also reflected in a deep compassion for her fellow beings as well as a love of nature.

She will be the guest poet at the LiPS meeting on September 27 at 18h00 in the Quarterdeck of the Point Yacht Club.

The evening's theme takes a cue from Sharon Scott's own theme, so anyone with poems which could be linked to the subject of "Reflections" is invited to present them after her performance. Then in the Poet Pourri session anyone may air work on any topic.

Entry is on a pay-what-you can basis and all are welcome, whether or not they write poetry. There is guarded parking and a cash bar. More details from Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762 (a/h), 0825160517 or e-mail: thirdeye@3i.co.za




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