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RAPPIN’ GRAN FOR LIPS (article first published : 2006-11-19)

Sixty-something, grey-haired grandmother Irene Emanuel (aka Aarons) does not look like everyone’s idea of a rap artiste, but last year this plucky lady won a rap contest on KZN’s East Coast Radio. Now this “rappin’ gran” has published a collection not only of rap lyrics but also limericks and other fun verse interspersed amongst more profound work. Entitled A Scorpion Sings, there is a sting in the tail of many of her poems.

Irene Emanuel can be seen in action when the Durban launch of A Scorpion Sings at the next gathering of the Live Poets’ Society (LiPS) on November 28 at 18h00 on the Quarterdeck of the Point Yacht Club. All are welcome, regardless of whether they write poetry. Entry is free but, as this is the group’s year-end bash, it’s a bring-and-share affair so please remember a plate of snacks.

Irene Emanuel was born in Johannesburg to Polish refugees, who in turn helped other refugees. Her first poem appeared in her school’s magazine, and she hasn’t looked back since. She moved to Durban when she was widowed and much of her verse has been published in anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers here and overseas.

Secretary of the SA Writers’ Circle, she is also an accomplished short-story writer, having won prizes in the annual competition sponsored by publishers Shuter & Shooter. All of that is carried out in her spare time, for she holds down a full-time job with an automotive company.

As the title of Irene’s collection refers to the author’s birth sign, she has nominated Astrology as the evening’s theme. Those with poems which touch on the subject are welcome to present them.

Musicians are also invited to bring their guitars, drums, voices and other portable instruments. In the Poet Pourri session those present may air their compositions – poetic, musical or both – on any subject under the stars. Rappers, hip-hip and slam performers are also very welcome. Although this is not a fancy-dress party, try to wear at least one piece of clothing depicting your birth sign – the zanier the better.

LiPS meets at the same time and place on the last Tuesday of every month (excl Dec) and meetings usually run until about 20h30. There is a cash bar and guarded parking is available at R5. Poetry lovers of all ages attend, from school-goers to seniors. For more details contact Brett Beiles on 031 266 4762.




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