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The poet by whom the English language lives
The poet by whom the English language lives
Derek Walcott, the poet-chronicler of the island life, died, aged 87, in Saint Lucia, Caribbean, on March 17 after a long illness. He set out to be...
‘Humbled’ LKJ true to his voice
‘Humbled’ LKJ true to his voice
On the day I am scheduled to interview Linton Kwesi Johnson, he is in a particularly cranky mood. Widely acknowledged as “one of the world’s...
​Koleka Putuma's poems of celebration, grief and rage
​Koleka Putuma's poems of celebration, grief and rage
The front cover of Koleka Putuma’s debut poetry anthology, Collective...
Seer with the devil's voice now hangs out with angels
Seer with the devil's voice now hangs out with angels
The thing about Leonard Cohen is that at the heart of his five-decade career the man’s vocals, especially after the 1960s, sounded just like how...
Athol Williams announced as winner of the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award
Athol Williams announced as winner of the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award
Athol Williams has won the 2016 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for his poem Visit at Tea Time. It is Williams’s second win in...
‘Healing’ poets up for Sol Plaatje Poetry Award
‘Healing’ poets up for Sol Plaatje Poetry Award
Three poems have been shortlisted from the more than 600 submitted for the 2016 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.
M&G's Litfest takes flight, honouring Sol Plaatje on his 140th anniversary
M&G's Litfest takes flight, honouring Sol Plaatje on his 140th anniversary
The seventh annual M&G Literary Festival, popularly known as the Litfest, will take place at Sci-Bono in Newtown, Johannesburg, on October 8 and 9....
Africa, My Africa - what happened to ubuntu
Africa, My Africa - what happened to ubuntu
After the success of her poem Water, PEN SA Student Prize winner for 2016 Koleka Putuma pens a new poem Africa, My Africa - a...
14 stops to transformation
14 stops to transformation
STATIONS by Nick Mulgrew(David Philip)
Mountain
Mountain
The sun
The lived experience of the spoken word poet
The lived experience of the spoken word poet
In a piece entitled The Shifting Fortunes of a Performance Poet (published in the Chimurenga Chronic), Vonani Bila writes: “As...
The universe and poet Koleka Putuma are in negotiations
The universe and poet Koleka Putuma are in negotiations
This year marks the golden anniversary of the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. They started five decades ago, with just six categories, says Melanie...

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