I’m excited. I’m bubbling over. If the current array of poetry events in Cape Town, is anything to go […]
I’m excited. I’m bubbling over. If the current array of poetry events in Cape Town, is anything to go by then it seems we are in for a year of many varied and exciting poetry events, performances, book launches and all other things poetic! Here’s a look at what’s to come in the next few weeks:
Tuesday March 6 -the book launch of Bare & Breaking, the debut poetry collection of writer, journalist and author, Karin Schimke. Schimke is also the Cape Times books editor and one of the organisers of the weekly Off the Wall Poetry event at A Touch of Madness in Observatory. Bare and Breaking is published by Modjadji Books. The event is at 5.30pm for 6pm at The Book Lounge, in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.
Praise for Schimke’s Bare & Breaking:
Bare & breaking is one of the most gripping debuts I’ve read in recent years. Masterful in its technique and heart-rending in its emotional range, this memorable collection tells the story of sexual passion, its devastating aftermath and the slow road home. – Finuala Dowling
Wednesday March 7 – the inaugural FreeFlowSession at Zula Bar, Long Street, Cape Town, at 8.30pm. It features well-known performance poet Mbali Vilakazi and emerging poet Roche Kester. And there are limited open mic slots for those who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Established Cape Town poet and perfomer, Winslow Schalkwyk is the host and co-ordinator of the FreeFlowSession. He says the aim of the event is to provide a platform for emerging poets. The cover charge is R30.
Thursday March 8 – Cape Town poet, activist and executive director of Engender, Bernedette Muthien launches her debut poetry collection. It is entitled Ova – The Poetry of Bernedette Muthien. Muthien’s poetry has been published widely across Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe and in the Americas, and her work has been translated into Spanish and Portugeuse. The event takes place at Ibuyambo Art &Music Centre in Bree Street, Cape Town.
Praise for Ova:
From the depth of her soul, Bernedette brings out some of the most precious gems of wisdom into her poetry. This anthology is thought-provoking and life-changing. Read it and you will be inspired to take actions. – Sobonfu Some: Author, Burkina Faso & USA
Friday March 9 – Slipnet Stellenbosch (The Stellebosch Literary Project) hosts its Inzync Inner Town Sessions at Cafe Art Coffee Shop in Stellenbosch from 7pm. These sessions are held once a month on a Friday, and are always a fiery night of words and performance. Entry is R10.
This month the featured artists are Jethro Louw, Afrikaans hip hop artist Jitsvinger and Kate-Ellis Cole.
Jethro Louw is a member of Khoi Konnexion, and is largely regarded as the godfather of spoken word. “He uses the power of his words to bring back to life the discontinued heritage of his culture. His work revitalises the legacy of stories and the wealth of storytellers of the KhoiSan people.”
Afrikaapns hip hop artist Jitsvinger needs very little introduction. His words and music have seen him travel across the globe. He is part of Afrikaaps – the theatre production which tells the story of the history of Afrikaans in the Cape. The show toured Holland in 2011. He has released one album, Skeletsleutel and featured on the acclaimed Rogue State Alliance.
Kate-Ellis Cole is a resident performer at the InZync Poetry open mic sessions. “…it was a definite that we invite her to feature in order to show us the worlds which she has created in her notebook. Join us as this young poet transforms the stage into her personal canvas,” say the organisers.
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Monday March 12 – Off the Wall Poetry at A Touch of Madness in Observatory, features London poet and artist Alan Wolfson. Wolfson’s poems are funny, witty and allow us to look at ourselves with humour and laugh at the idiosyncrasies that make up our perspectives and ways of being. The evening starts at 8pm, and there is an open mic slot after the break, sign up on the night.
Also on Monday night, The Grounding Sessions take place at Tagore’s in Trill Road, Observatory, just around the corner. The sessions start at 9.30pm with a featured poet and an open mic slot afterwards.
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