Poetry Africa Durban Poets

Poetry Africa Durban Poets

The Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) is very proud to note that the 19th edition of Poetry Africa will feature 9 homegrown Durban poets in this year’s 24 strong lineup.

The Durban participants are: 

Africa Dlamini, Celiswa Majali, Khanyi Shusha, Kwazi Ndlangisa, Matt Vend, Nokulunga Dladla, Nosipho Magcaba, Thando Fuze, Tshebeletso Mohale.

“We are very proud that the city of Durban has produced 9 poets in this 19th edition of Poetry Africa, almost half of this year’s programme. This is truly a testament to our city’s tremendous talent and artistic integrity as well as to the city's developmental programmes focused toward poetry, literature and the arts.” - Guy Redman, Head of Department: Libraries, Heritage, Arts & Culture, eThekwini Municipality.

The Centre for Creative Arts is proud to welcome back to the Poetry Africa stage four previous prelude poets; Khanyi Shusha, Kwazi Ndlangisa, Nosipho Magcaba and Tshebeletso Mophale. 

The annual Prelude Poets programme calls out to the Durban’s creative and undiscovered poets to take part in the festival, the entrants are given the opportunity to audition before a panel of judges and once selected, take to the main stage to showcase their hidden talents to audiences at the country’s premier poetry festival at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre each night to perform as a prelude to the main programme.

The Poetry Africa festival, now in its 19th edition, takes place from 12 to 17 October 2014. The festival brings together some of the world’s finest poets and musicians to Durban, with artists from the African continent and beyond.

For more information on our 2015 Poetry Africa festival participants please visit

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University KwaZulu-Natal), the 18th Poetry Africa is funded by the City of Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture. 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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