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DORIAN SWALES FOR LIPS (article first published : 2006-07-23)

In the space of four months Dorian Swales lost her husband, business, job and home. To cap that catalogue of catastrophes, she and her teenage son were held up by gunmen. That was two years ago in Johannesburg. She returned to her roots in Durban, where she now lives in Glenashley, and turned to poetry as a survival device. The result of this healing process is captured in an audio-visual production entitled Soulscapes.

This intriguing odyssey embodying text, voice, graphics, photography and music will be presented at the next meeting of the Live Poets’ Society (LiPS) in Durban on July 25.

Dorian Swales is the niece of Edwin Swales VC, one of Durban’s most celebrated sons. She graduated in sociology and psychology from the University of Natal (now UKZN) and has worked in such diverse fields as drug rehabilitation, market research and management training. With this background her presentation promises to be both incisive and perceptive.

Considering Dorian Swales’ harrowing experiences and her means of dealing with them, the evening’s theme is Healing. Those with poems that approach this subject in any of its dimensions are welcome to present them after her programme. Then poems on any topic may be aired in the Poet Pourri session.

The Live Poets’ Society meeting takes place at 18h00 on July 25 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 details from Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762.




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