Poetry

Rhythm, Rhyme, Reason, Rage at the Red Table by Fred Khumalo

Read ‘Rhythm, Rhyme, Reason, Rage at the Red Table’, a new poem by Fred Khumalo.

Saaleha Idrees Bamjee wins 2020 Ingrid Jonker Prize for debut poetry for Zikr

Saaleha Idrees Bamjee has been announced as the winner of this year’s Ingrid Jonker Prize for English Poetry for her collection, Zikr.

Don’t miss the virtual book launch of Fifty-two | Twee-en-vyftig by Philip Myburgh, with Michiel Heyns (26 May)

Join The Reading List for a virtual book launch, as Philip Myburgh introduces his new collection of poetry Fifty-two | Twee-en-vyftig. Myburgh will …

Dearly – Margaret Atwood’s first poetry collection in over a decade – out in November

Before she became one of the world’s most important and loved novelists, Margaret Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade.

Visions of Corona by Mphuthumi Ntabeni

[To be read with Bob Dylan’s Visions of Johanna and Rodriguez’s Crucify Your Mind on loop]

The winner of the 9th Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award has been announced!

Zukiswa Adonis has won the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for her poem ‘Ubumama’.

Don’t miss the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award winner announcement and award ceremony in Cape Town

The Jacana Literary Foundation in association with the European Union Delegation to South Africa will announce the winners of the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award at a relaxing evening of poetry, cheese and wine. 

New from Minimal Press: Ingrid Jonker – Waterfall of Moss and Sun

Ingrid Jonker (1933–1965) was an Afrikaans author and poet. Interest in Jonker’s works during her short tragic life became much greater after her death than when she lived.

New poetry from Minimal Press – My Father’s Blazer by Phelelani Makhanya

Phelelani Makhanya’s second poetry collection My Father’s Blazer pokes on diverse subjects, from environmental concerns to nostalgic reflections, to the vivid imagery of our natural landscape.

Nuut by Minimal Press – Duifiedorings deur Thomas Deacon

Hier kry die leser met ʼn eiesoortige talent te make wat sonder pretensie of mooidoenery ontgin word – in ooreenstemming met die landskap en sy mense. As stylkenmerk vorm hierdie kombinasie van eenvoud, eerlikheid en deernis die mees uitstaande eienskap van Duifiedorings.

International line-up announced for 2019 Poetry Africa Festival in Durban

The 23rd Poetry Africa Festival will take place in Durban from 7 – 12 October 2019.

2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award shortlist announced!

The Jacana Literary Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.

Don’t miss a book discussion of Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets at Wits (27 Aug)

WiSER, the Governing Intimacies project and UKZN Press invite you to a book discussion of Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000–2018, edited by Makhosazana Xaba.

Don’t miss bestselling author Iain S Thomas reading from his new collection, Every Word You Cannot Say, at The Book Lounge (31 July)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and The Book Lounge invite you to join the internationally acclaimed author Iain S Thomas in Cape Town on 31 July, where he will be reading select excerpts from his new book, Every Word You Cannot Say.

Don’t miss the launch of Malawian storyteller Upile Chisala’s book Soft Magic at Exclusive Books Sandton City (10 July)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Soft Magic by Upile Chisala.

2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award longlist announced!

Announcing the longlisted poems for the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award & Anthology

Don’t miss the launch of Soft Magic, the debut collection of prose and poetry from Malawian writer Upile Chisala, at The Book Lounge (30 May)

Soft Magic is the debut collection of prose and poetry by Malawian writer, Upile Chisala. This book explores the self, joy, blackness, gender, matters of the heart, the experience of Diaspora, spirituality and most of all, how we survive. Soft Magic is a shared healing journey.

Stories from the Space Between, by Warren J Banks

A collection of poetry – and one longer prose piece – by a new South African writer (April 2019).

Call for entries for the 2019 Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award and Anthology

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is pleased to announce that submissions for the ninth annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology will be open from 5 to 31 March 2019.

Think out of the box this Valentine’s Day and surprise your sweetheart with the hilarious new anthology Love Poems for Married People

Written with brilliant wit, sharp observation and a big dose of reality, Love Poems for Married People takes the poetic form, turns it upside down and leaves it in the dishwasher to dry.