Spreading peace through poetry

2016-07-26 06:00
Professor Brian Williams, launching his new anthology of poetry at the University of Cape Town. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Professor Brian Williams, launching his new anthology of poetry at the University of Cape Town. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Professor Brian Williams may live in a quiet corner of Kensington but there’s nothing quiet about his poetry as he launches his 7th book tonight (Tuesday).

Throughout his life he was worn many hats – from being a pioneering union activist and in later life peacemaker and mediator – but it is through poetry that he finds peace within himself and shares his feelings about life, philosophy and social justice.

Williams works as a professional mediator and runs a consultancy that focuses on mediation in communities across the world.

“I write about all these things to bring peace to myself. There is a need for the world to know about peace and harmony, the need for warmth and the need to be loved. For me it has been a form of therapy and a way of releasing my energies.”

Williams has been writing his poetry since the 1970s, and many of his poems and books have won awards across the globe.

“I’ve always loved reading but poetry has always played a special part in my life because they are short stories where the meanings can constantly change. Interpretations can differ but that is what stimulates thought and free thinking.”

His new anthology of poems is called Voices Awakened and the launch will be taking place in the Kramer Building on the Middle Campus of the University of Cape Town from 19:00.

Admission is free.

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