8 Morrison Street Book Launches and Open Mic

8 Morrison Street Book Launches and Open Mic

Poetry Africa festival staples, Book Launches as well as the Open Mic will be held on the 17th October (Saturday) at 8 Morrison Street. This is a free event for all wishing to attend.

Four books will be launched, with the opportunity for all willing participants to sign up for the open mic which will run for half an hour after every book launch.

The books that will be launched are:

12:00 – 12:30 Home is where the Mic Is (Botsotso) co-edited by Allan Horwitz and Mandi Vundla. It features 24 poets, in and outside of South Africa, who have served the poetry community well beyond their words. These are Critical Thinkers, Authors, Event Organizers and Activists who utilize their poems as a voice for social commentary relative to the struggles of our time

13:00 – 13:30 The Spoken Word Project (Goethe-Institut, South Africa) This book documents the spoken word scenes in South Africa, Madagascar, Cameroon, Mali, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Uganda, where The Spoken Word Project, initiated by the Goethe-Institut in 2013, took place. The authors provide fascinating insight into the old tradition of story-telling and oral history, which during The Spoken Project, was taken up by a young generation of poets and transformed in a powerful new way.

14:00 – 14:30 Piggy Boy’s Blue (Nakhane Touré) a novel set mostly in the Eastern Cape, a distorted pastoral. It is a story about a city boy returning to the town in which he was born for peace and quiet, but in return, receives the opposite.

15:00 – 15:30 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol.V (Jacana Media) This is the fifth annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology, and is a compendium of the poems long-listed for the 2015 Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award. Every year South African poets, young and old, debut or previously published, are invited to submit up to three of their poetic efforts to the award, in any of the country’s 11 official languages. The anthology seeks to publish voices in as many difference languages as possible, and be one of the spaces in which these tongues are given equal space and respect.

Tickets for the festival finale at Rivertown cost R70 (pre-sale or R80 at the door) and can be purchased

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Presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and made possible by support from the eThekwini Municipality, KZN Department of Arts and Culture, National Arts Council and the Goethe Institute. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a special project of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl Potgieter. 


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