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DEENA FOR LIPS (article first published : 2006-06-8)

Nearly 20 years ago, Durban medical practitioner Deena Padayachee published a collection of poems called A Voice from the Cauldron. Frustrated by the internecine political climate of the time, he had good reasons for giving it that title. Since then many more of his poems have been published in literary journals here and overseas.

Deena will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of The Live Poets’ Society (LiPS) on June 27. Although poetry is close to his heart, Dr Padayachee is probably better known for his prose. In 1991 his short story The Finishing Touch was the inaugural winner of the Nadine Gordimer Prize presented by the Congress of South African writers.

Then in 1994 he scored a double when the English Academy of Southern Africa presented him with the Olive Schreiner Prize for his short story collection What’s Love Got To Do With It?. This was prescribed last year as a textbook for matric pupils. Amongst his many other literary accolades and pursuits, he pens the popular monthly column Under the Skin in the Sunday Times.

A free thinker with diverse interests, Dr Padayachee has nominated Freeing the Mind as the evening’s theme. After his presentation, those attending are free to present their poetic takes on this thought-provoking subject. In the Poet Pourri session, they may air their poems on any subject they choose.

The Live Poets Society meeting takes place at 18h00 on June 27 in the Quarterdeck of the Point Yacht Club. All are welcome regardless of whether or not they write poetry. There is no subscription fee, entry is free and there is a cash bar. Guarded parking is available at R5. More information from Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762.




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