#BOOKSNOTBULLETS: FEESMUSTFALL A POEM BY ADELAIDE JANUARY

The same lashes our parents faced / We are now facing today / With police men dressed proudly in their uniform / Shooting rubber bullets confidently at students / #FeesMustFall is a cause we all need to be a part of…

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ANNOUNCING THE POETRY PAGE: A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN WNS & AFRICAN INDEPENDENT

The Word N Sound Live Literature Company takes great pleasure in announcing our new partnership with Independent Newspapers’ new weekly publication African Independent.

On Friday 02 October 2015, African Independent will publish the first monthly Poetry Page curated by The Word N Sound Live Literature Company, dedicated to the African Poetry landscape.

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Phillippa Yaa de Villiers: The Anxiety of Originality

Recently I had a conversation with a young poet about writing, and I began by asking her what she is reading, and what she considers her greatest influences. She said she didn’t want to be influenced, she wants to find her own voice. It reminded me of a conversation I had with Rustum Kozain about eight years ago. I asked him to read and review my first collection of poetry, Taller than Buildings, and his first question to me was “who are your influences?” I said I didn’t know, I was trying to find my own voice. He persisted, “but who do you want to sound like, who do you admire?”

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