Festival aimed at promoting poetry and developing poets

2010-07-02 00:00

THREE of Durban’s leading artistic lights, Gcina Mhlophe, Bongani Mavuso and Jerry Pooe, will be judging a poetry festival in the city on Sunday.

Mavuso is a poet and radio presenter, and has published several anthologies of Zulu poetry, including Inhlansi, Inxeba Lembongi, Izintombi Zengcuce and Zibuyela Ezimpandeni.

Poet, playwright, performer and South Africa’s favourite storyteller, Mhlophe has been writing and performing on stage and screen for decades. Her books include The Snake with Seven Heads, Nozincwadi Mother of Books, Love Child and Stories of Africa.

Director and script writer, Jerry Pooe, is a well-known force in Durban theatre circles and is currently mentoring community theatre groups as part the Twist Theatre Development Project.

KwaZulu-Natal’s emerging poets have the chance to showcase their talent in front of this esteemed panel as they battle it out at the festival, organised by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture.

Taking place at the Stable Theatre, this one-day festival, dubbed The Battle of the Poets, aims to promote poetry and give developing poets the chance to ply their trade.

The event gets under way at 10 am — the morning session will feature emerging poets, followed in the afternoon by 15 established poets who will recite poems to entertain audiences.

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