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Sandile Dikeni: A life of poetic activism
Sandile Dikeni: A life of poetic activism
“That’s my activism; linked to my poetry,” says late poet, journalist and editor Sandile Dikeni in Guava Juice Generation, a video clip credited to Funiwe Gxavu and NR 75 Pictures....
The Portfolio: Khulile Nxumalo
The Portfolio: Khulile Nxumalo
I have been writing poetry since the first day I started at Fidelitas Secondary School in Diepkloof. When I got a chance to finish high school in...
The Weekend Guide
The Weekend Guide
The twins get lost: Concerned with issues of safety, this children’s theatre piece looks to educate children through...
Creating poetry out of violence
Creating poetry out of violence
A smiling Maneo Mohale, wearing a flowing black dress and oversized bomber jacket, is the epitome of cool as they crosses the street towards the...
Koleka Putuma's Christian/ queer collision
Koleka Putuma's Christian/ queer collision
In the astounding anthology that is Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia, the poem No Easter Sunday For Queers stands out as the...
Quilled or typed, it’s writ
Quilled or typed, it’s writ
I wonder occasionally why that particularly loathsome locution, to say someone has “penned” a book (only slightly more loathsome than to say...
Moses, we shall sing your Redemption Song
Moses, we shall sing your Redemption Song
The poet and urban planner was killed by thugs earlier this month. His friend and mentor Vonani Bila reflects on and honours the life...
Good, evil and poetry in between the stories
Good, evil and poetry in between the stories
Ben Okri was once asked how poetry could help us in troubled times. His answer was: “Poetry goes straight to the truth of things, with extraordinary gravity, with great rhythmic beauty. So it moves the heart as well as the mind at the same time.”...
Activist poets on the frontline
Activist poets on the frontline
Nakuru — It is a chilly Sunday afternoon at the Agora Centre in Nakuru, Kenya. The stage is lit up as if for a music...
PODCAST: Bowie the poet
PODCAST: Bowie the poet
In this episode we meet Anthero Bowie, a former gang member who is out of prison and trying to reinvent himself as a poet. 
For Winnie
For Winnie
Courage. Conviction. Kindness. Style. Power. Love.
Younger poets mourn a master
Younger poets mourn a master
There are countless people in the South African poetry community whose careers have been nourished by the selfless light of the literary giant...

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