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THE DREAM IN THE NEXT BODY (article first published : 2005-10-11)

Adams Campus Bookshop and Kwela Books will launch The Dream in the Next Body, a collection of poems by Gabeba Baderoon during the current Poetry Africa festival when she will read her poetry.

Gabeba Baderoon grew up in Athlone, Cape Town, and studied English at the University of Cape Town where she completed her doctorate on the portrayal of Islam in South African media and art. Her initiation into poetry happened during a fellowship in the USA in 1999.

Further studies in poetry at Sheffield and Penn State Universities, a residency in Germany and a fellowship in Sweden, led to Kwela Books publishing her first collection The Dream in the Next Body which won the 2005 Daimler-Chrysler Award for South African Poetry. The award was made for ‘crafting an original voice [who] finds the poetic in the ordinary with a fine sense of locality and space.

Gabeba weaves political and social issues into her poetry without sloganeering. Her work tackles a wide range of themes, astutely shifting the focus from the outside to the inside. The Daimler-Chrysler Award Poetry Award includes the opportunity to publish a collection of new work and give readings of her work in the major South Africa centres. Gabeba says of her early experiences in poetry: “I learned how to listen to the rhythms of words and how to end a line‘.

Betty Govinden and Lubna Nadvi will introduce Gabeba at the launch of The Dream in the Next Body which will take place on October 13 from 18h45 to 19h15 in the Wellington Tavern at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. If you wish to attend the launch, contact Cedric Sissing at Adams Campus Bookshop on 031 261 2320 or 082-873-2702.

The Poetry Africa main programme commences at 19h30 where Gabeba Baderoon will feature alongside poets from Senegal (Amadou Lamine Sall), India (Mamta Sagar), South Africa (Malika Lueen Ndlovu) and Iraq (Abdul Hadi Sadoun)




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