Keorapetse Kgositsile

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Who was Bra Willie?

Though he may be cemented in history as a poet first, Keorapetse Kgositsile was both political dissident and artist.

A song of constant beginnings

The poet’s biographer on how he brought together the African and diasporic traditions of resistance and art

And thus do I salute him

The poet fought injustice wherever he found it and became a key figure in the ANC-in-exile’s arts and culture department

Snapshots of a living poem

Remembering the man writers and non-writers alike called Bra Willie was now a literary ancestor.

A poet laureate, a servant of the people

The post has become firmly entrenched but times have changed, suggesting new directions and ideas

Beauty in struggle

Jazz and the fight for freedom were central to his life and poetry

Younger poets mourn a master

Keorapetse Kgositsile played a significant role in the emergence of post-1994 poetry

Weight of a life makes the poem

​Kgositsile’s first interview after he returned to South Africa in 1990

Unchained spirit of Bra Willie

His sharp and progressive pen‚ he contributed in cutting open the oppressive blanket of the apartheid system to keep the liberation spirit burning.

LitFest news: Keorapetse Kgositsile added to panel line-up

South Africa's Poet Laureate, Keorapetse Kgositsile, will be on the panel Cavafy, Seferis and South African poets at the M&G Literary Festival.

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Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

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