Dedicated to keeping his legacy of literary giant Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile alive, poets have participated in a number of events in his honour.
Directed by Thando Mgqolozana and curated by Panashe Chigumadzi, the inaugural Abantu Book Festival will be held in Soweto from 6 – 10 December, and by the looks of the […]
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?”
I am nearly fifty years old, a poet and writer, and recently a lecturer at Wits University. I fell in love with poetry at a very young age through reading Alice in Wonderland, Edward Lear and other poetry which is humorous with lots of word-play. Like other South African children I learnt nursery rhymes, rude songs and clapping games…