Poetica draws on the success of The Distance Between Page and Stage, an event at Open Book Festival 2012. The 2013 programme showcases a broad range of poetic voices, issues and styles. A total of 23 poets will feature across six different events. A highlight is the inclusion of British poet Jacob Sam-La Rose, who appears at Poetica through a partnership with the British Council. Sam-La Rose will be in conversation with renowned South African poet Malika Ndlovu.
“The two different styles of poetry – read and performed – largely tend to draw very different audiences. Our aim with Poetica is to put together an event which features both styles of poetry, in all three of the languages spoken in the Western Cape. In this way, we hope to offer audiences a chance to experience a type of poetry they might not otherwise engage with. We also hope to show the breadth and depth of voices working in Cape Town today, and to explore some of the questions and topics of interest around this literary genre,” says Toni Stuart, the curator of the day's events. Stuart is a poet, performer and creative writing facilitator and curated The Distance Between Page and Stage in 2012.
The day is a series of highlights, kicking off with a discussion around poetry as a tool for social activism (Pen as Sword) and closing with the Open Book Poetry Slam. The slam is run in partnership with Stellenbosch Literary Project's InZync Poetry Sessions and Lingua Franca's Naked Word Poetry Sessions, who will each send three finalists to compete in the slam. The first prize is a featured slot at Off The Wall Poetry and a feature slot on Badilisha Poetry Radio.
Poetica takes place on Saturday September 7, at The Fugard Theatre Annexe, in Harrington Street, Cape Town. It starts at 10am and runs until 9pm, with six events taking place throughout the day.
Book for all events on the Poetica programme via Webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za). Booking for Open Book more generally will open in the near future, also through Webtickets.
Open Book Festival 2013 takes place from Saturday September 7 – Wednesday September 11. For more information visit www.openbookfestival.co.za
For more information about Poetica, email Toni Stuart on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 071 573 3597
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Adrian Different van Wyk is a 24 year old writer and performer from Kuilsrivier, Cape Town. He has been a regular performer on various spoken word and hip hop platforms in the Cape since 2005. In 2006 at the age of 17 he became the youngest poet to win the Verses Poetry Slam. As the monthly host and organiser of the InZync Poetry Sessions and events organiser for the Stellenbosch Literary Project (www.slipnet.co.za), Different is at the forefront of urban literary culture in Stellenbosch, helping to build a much-needed platform in the Cape Winelands region. He also acts as a monthly facilitator for the InZync Poetry workshops, focused on helping school children between the ages of 16 and 18 years to become poets and tell their story.
Clinton Osbourne is a social worker and artist. He is currently working as the post-release co-ordinator for Young in Prison and is responsible for a daily programme for young men and women who have come out of prison as well as for their emotional well being. He is also a visual artist and his work has appeared in some group shows recently. He believes in the power of the arts and the creative process to bring about greater self-awareness and transform people. He is taking part in Poetica at Open Book.
David Tyfield has an MA with distinction in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Cape Town. He lives in Cape Town and works as a freelance writer and editor. He is currently writing a PhD proposal.
Dawn Garisch, a medical doctor and writer, has published poetry and novels. Difficult Gifts, a collection of poetry, was released in 2011. Once, Two Islands (2007) was her first novel for adults and was followed by Trespass (2009). Eloquent Body, about her journeys in writing and medicine, was published in 2012.
Diana Ferrus is a writer, poet and storyteller who was born in Worcester. She did her postgraduate studies at the University of the Western Cape in Women’s and Gender Studies. She has published poetry collections in both English and Afrikaans and her poetry and short stories have also been published in different collections. Diana is well-known for her poem, “I’ve come to take you home” which was instrumental in the return of Sarah Baartman’s remains from France in 2002.
Floris Brown is an award-winning poet from Worcester. There he works as a computer literacy trainer for adult blind, partially sighted and sighted people at the Institute for the Blind in Worcester. He has published 34 books of poetry, his latest is Op Pad Met Afrikaans published by Cordis Trust. He has also published five anthologies for the Breedevallery Poetry Society, of which he is Chairman. He has performed his poetry on numerous television shows, as well as festivals around the country. In 2012 he received two Cordis Trust Awards – Order Van Die Kruik and Order Van Die Goue Pen, and in 2013, the Worcester Rotary Club presented him with a Merit Award for promoting Afrikaans.
Haidee Kruger is associate professor in the School of Languages at the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University in South Africa. Her debut collection of poetry, Lush: Poems for Four Voices, was published in 2007 by Protea Book House. The Reckless Sleeper (Modjaji Books, 2012) is her second collection. Her poetry and short stories have also appeared in, amongst others, The Common, Big Bridge, New Contrast, New Coin and Green Dragon.
Jacob Sam-La Rose is a published poet who devises and facilitates projects for schools and other institutions, emerging poets, teachers, literature professionals and other creatives. His work is grounded in a belief that poetry can be a powerful force within a community, and that it’s possible to combine the immediacy of poetry in performance with formal rigour and innovation on the page. His work has been featured in a range of journals and anthologies. Breaking Silence (2012) is his first book length collection of poetry, and was nominated for a Forward Poetry Prize.
Karin Schimke’s poetry has been widely published in South African literature magazines, including New Coin, New Contrast and Carapace, and has been featured in Paris Lit Up magazine, on Badilisha Radio and on the Dutch/Flemish poetry site Oote Oote, amongst others. For four years, she ran the weekly Cape Town poetry gig Off The Wall. She has performed at the Woordfees, Badilisha Poetry Exchange, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees and poetry-on-the-road in Bremen, Germany. She writes in English and Afrikaans. Her debut collection Bare & Breaking appeared in 2012. She works as a journalist and is the editor of the Cape Times books pages.
Kabelo "KB" Ringane, also known as Kilobyte, is a poet and is completely his degree in civil engineering at the University of Pretoria. He has won a number of poetry slams including the Word n Sound Poetry Showcase in 2012, the Spoken Minds Intervarsity Championship in 2013 and the first Words-Up Poetry Competition – the prize for which was an opportunity to perform in Madagascar. He has shared the stage with Joshua Bennet (USA), Vusi Mahlasela, Gloria Bosman, Don Mattera, Ian Kamau (USA), Afurakhan, Lebo Mashile, Natalia Molebatsi and Myesha Jenkins. He has appeared on Shift SABC1, Zoned TV SABC1, Impact Radio, Ujfm and Radio Pulpit. His slam poetry book "In The Name Of The Word" is due to be released this year.
Khadija Tracey Heeger is a poet, performer and facilitator. In 2009, her poetry theatre piece Stone Words was at the National Arts Festival and in October 2013, she will perform at the Festival d’Automne a Paris with the Cape Cultural Collective as part of France South African Seasons 2012 2013. She is a facilitator with the Scalabrini Centre, running cultural cohesion workshops in schools. Her first poetry collection, Beyond the Delivery Room, published by Modjadji Books, will be released later this year.
Malika Ndlovu’s words and productions have appeared on pages and stages all over South Africa, as well as in Austria, Uganda, USA, UK, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Spain and the Philippines. Her publications include Born in Africa But, Womb to World: A Labour of Love, Truth is both Spirit and Flesh, Invisible Earthquake: a Woman’s Journal through Stillbirth and two published plays: A Colored Place and Sister Breyani.
Melt Myburgh received the 2011 Ingrid Jonker Prize for his poetry debut Oewerbestaan. He is a publisher at Naledi, the young, upcoming and independent publishing house based in Cape Town. In 2014 he will be a guest in Marlene van Niekerk’s Creative Writing class at Stellenbosch University.
Rustum Kozain’s poetry has been published in local and international journals. His debut collection, This Carting Life, won the Ingrid Jonker (2006) and Olive Schreiner awards (2007). His most recent collection, Groundwork (2012), won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English literary work (across all genres), 2013 (A Media24 Books award for books published within the Media24 Books stable).
Shirmoney Rhode is a young and aspirant writer, poet and performer who lives and grew up in Elsies River. At the age of 15 she had 7 of her poems published in 7de Reënboog, compiled by Floris Brown. She has performed the works of Adam Small, Ronelda Kamfer, Nathan Trantraal, Nunke Khadimo and Vernie Plaatjies together with Professor Antjie Krog of the University of the Western Cape. Some of these poems are published in UWC’s creative writing anthology, This is my Land.
Born in the Transkei, Magona finished high school by correspondence. She later completed a BA through the University of South Africa and went on to graduate with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. She is a prolific writer and has published poetry, novels, children’s books as well as two autobiographical works. Her more recent work includes Beauty’s Gift (a novel), Please Take Photographs (poetry) and From Robben Island to Bishopscourt (biography of Archbiship Njongonkulu Ndungane). Amongst her numerous awards, President Jacob Zuma conferred her with the Order of Ikhamanga in Bronze on 27 April 2011 in recognition of her literary and humanitarian contribution.
Toni Stuart is a poetry writer, performer and developer. Her poetry has been published in Looking Back, Going Forward: Young Voices on Freedom, Women Flashing, The Ground’s Ear and Agenda Journal on Teenage Fertility and Desire. As well as performing her work, she runs The Silence That Words Come From – writing workshops. In 2010, she co-founded the NPO I Am Somebody!, with storyteller Nicole le Roux, and now serves on its board. She was named as one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans this year. She is curator of Poetica, at Open Book Festival 2013.