Word N Sound presents Warsan Shire in conversation with Feminist Stokvel

On Wednesday, 7 October, Johannesburg poetry lovers should brace themselves to be ignited by an event that showcases the incredible mind of worldwide poetry phenomenon, Warsan Shire. The poet will be in Johannesburg for a one-night only conversation about literature, life, and her personal take on being a feminist icon for so many young women. Warsan is hailed as the voice of a generation. The 27 year old is the first Young Poet Laureate of London and the winner of the premier Brunel University Prize for African Poetry. Her poetry dominates the Internet with a massive and dedicated global following. With gems like these, it is not hard to understand why:

“Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.”


The poet was born in Kenya to Somali parents and moved to London at the age of 12. Today, she travels the world as a touring poet, masterfully working with subjects like love, loss, identity, war, and gender in her writing. She also runs workshops on trauma where she teaches people how to write. Word N Sound is hosting a conversation between the incomparable Warsan Shire and Feminist Stokvel on Wednesday, 7 October at Keleketla Library, situated at 6 Verway Street in Troyeville.

The conversation with Warsan is on the heels of her performance at the 5th annual Word N Sound Festival taking place on October 2nd at Soweto Theatre. Word N Sound, a 100% artist owned company, has resuscitated the Joburg poetry scene over the last five years by consistently providing wildly popular poetry events that showcase emerging and well-known poets from South Africa and around the world.

For the first time, Word N Sound teams up with Feminist Stokvel, a collective made up of eight writers who create fun, smart, and interactive platforms that high-light a wide array of issues related to black women and feminism. Since its formation one year ago, Feminist Stokvel has successfully hosted four natural Hair Soirees, two film screenings of celebrated directors Ousmane Sembene and Spike Lee’s movies, and a panel on radical self-care featuring accomplished author and academic Dr. Pumla Gqola. The conversation with Warsan Shire features performances by three founding members of the multi-talented Feminist Stokvel. Singer/songwriter Danielle Bowler will share the stage alongside poets Nova Masango and Lebo Mashile.

Warsan Shire’s trip to South Africa forms part of the SA-UK Season, a cultural exchange programme that has seen British and South African artists crisscrossing both worlds to share their crafts and cultures in 2015.

Don’t miss this landmark event for spoken word fans. Book tickets via Quicket. Entry is R100 and R50 for students. Doors open at 18:30 for 19:00. For queries email: feministstokvel@gmail.com and Qhakaza@wordnsound.com

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