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RULE OF CADENCE (article first published : 2005-10-11)

Rule of Cadence (UKZN Press) by Robert Greig will be launched during the Poetry Africa festival on October 11

Robert Greig started writing poetry as a 14-year-old at a sports-mad boarding school. Writing poetry seemed then an inevitable way of exploring the world, and a way of distinguishing himself from what he considers ‘the often brutal world of a boy’s school in the 1960s in a country with a brutal government‘. His mentors include his parents and the late Guy Butler who published some of his teenage poems in his magazine, New Coin, in Grahamstown.

Robert Greig has published three collections of verse – Talking Bull (Bateleur Press 1975), In the Provinces (Justified Press 1991) and most recently Rule of Cadence (UKZN Press 2005).

His latest poems are inspired by the political transitions of South Africa and other countries. They deal with Elsinore and Denmark after Hamlet’s death and under the rule of Fortinbras. He is currently working on a collection of short stories, experimenting with autobiography as a fictional technique; a novel about the English poet Rupert Brooke and his three-month stay in Tahiti, and editing a collection of the best post-1994 South African plays. Robert Greig is currently arts editor of The Sunday Independent and is well-known for his drama and dance reviews and comments on national cultural policy.

Robert Greig’s Rule of Cadence will be launched alongside Joan Metelerkamp’s Carrying the Fire during the Poetry Africa festival on October 11 from 18h45 to 19h15 at the Wellington Tavern at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Both poets will be introduced by poet/playwright Kobus Moolman.

More information from Cedric Sissing, Adams Campus Bookshop, on 031 261-2320 or 082-873-2702, fax 031 261-6053 or e-mail: cedric@adamsbooks.co.za




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