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CHARLI WIGGILL (article first published : 2006-05-18)

Although Durban poet Charli Wiggill is a very real and vibrant personality, he has created a multimedia presentation entitled Virtual Reality: A Poet’s Prerogative. He will mount this intriguing production at the next meeting of the Live Poets’ Society (LiPS) on May 30.

“Poets say what they must,” says Wiggill, “and readers bravely, or foolishly, delve into the text, thereby encountering a virtual experience. This adventure challenges individuals differently because of perceptions, both obvious and subconscious. A virtual reality is thus created.”

A late-starter to writing poetry, Wiggill has fast made up lost time by being published over the past few years in literary journals and several websites including the prestigious LitNet edited by LiPS member Michelle McGrane. He teaches English at Crawford in Durban. Amongst his many literary initiatives, two years ago he initiated an annual poetry competition amongst Crawford schools countrywide.

Having been born in Mpumalanga, where lions roamed literally in his front garden, much of Wiggill’s work inevitably embraces wild life and the pulsating rhythms of Africa. As he also enjoys what he calls “platteland logic” with its dialects and “sociolects”, wry satire also flows through many of his poems. Virtual Reality: A Poet’s Prerogative thus promises to be both a fascinating and entertaining show.

Extracting a vital element from its content, the evening’s theme is “Perception”. Those with poems which could be linked, no matter how tenuously, to this penetrating subject are invited to present them after the main event. The Poet Pourri session will then take over, when poems on any topic may be aired.

The LiPS meeting takes place on the Quarterdeck of the Point Yacht Club at 18h00 on May 30. All are welcome regardless of whether or not they write poetry. Entry is free, there is guarded parking at R5 and a cash bar. More details from Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762.




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