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SALLY-ANN MURRAY (article first published : 2006-04-15)

Sally-Ann Murray, one of South Africa’s leading poets, seldom gives recitals of her work. Durban poetry lovers are thus privileged to have the opportunity of hearing her at the next meeting of the Live Poets’ Society (LiPS). It takes place in the Quarterdeck of Point Yacht Club on April 25 at 18h00.

Although she has a PhD and is a lecturer in the rarefied atmosphere of the Department of English Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Murray’s poetry is as down-to-earth as one is like to find anywhere. It has been published in several anthologies, virtually every literary journal in this country and many abroad. It has also won both the Sanlam and Arthur Nortje/Vita Awards.

Her collection Shifting was greeted with great critical acclaim. The New Century of South African Poetry edited by Michael Chapman includes five of her poems – more than most poets in that definitive anthology. For the past few years she has also been the judge of the Poetry Africa Festival schools’ competition.

Taking the title of her collection, Shifting is the theme of the evening. Those with poems which could be linked to any connotation of that versatile word are invited to present them afterwards. Then in the Poet Pourri session, poems on any topic may be read or performed.

All are welcome, regardless of whether or not they write poetry, and entry is free. There is guarded parking at R5 and a cash bar. For more details phone Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762.




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