Poetry

Join Koleka Putuma to celebrate Collective Amnesia’s one-year anniversary at The Book Lounge

we are going to have wine, read from the book, sign the book, celebrate the book. It has changed my life & I couldn’t have done it without you.

If you are in CPT come through.

Collective Amnesia Merchandise & Copies of the Books will be on sale!

The Book Lounge launch of Secret Keeper, Kerry Hammerton’s third collection of poetry

The Book Lounge and Modjaji Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of Kerry Hammerton’s third collection of poetry, Secret Keeper. Finuala Dowling will be in conversation with Kerry, who will also read from her collection.

Don’t miss the Kalk Bay launch of Messages from the Bees by Robin Winckel-Mellish

Kalk Bay Books and Modjaji Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of Robin Winckel-Mellish’s second collection of poems Messages from the Bees. Christine Coates will introduce Robin, who will also read from her collection.

New poetry from Alice Walker in the ‘playfully imaginative and intensely moving’ Taking the Arrow out of the Heart

Mindful poems about tolerance, justice and hope for the future, by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple.

Keorapetse Kgositsile’s Homesoil in My Blood – a selection from his life’s work – out soon from Xarra Books

A new book of poetry by Keorapetse Kgositsile will be out soon from Xarra Books. The book, titled Homesoil in My Blood: …

Poetry publishers and self-published poets invited to enter the 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize

THE 2018 INGRID JONKER PRIZE FOR ENGLISH POETRY This is a call for submissions for the Ingrid Jonker Prize 2018. Publishers or …

For the first time a Sepedi poem wins the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award

Moses Seletisha’s Sepedi poem ‘Mahlalerwa’ has won the 2017 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award – the first time a poem in a language other than English has won the prize.

3 poets shortlisted for 2017 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology

The three poets shortlisted for this year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology have been announced.

AVBOB funeral services establishes competition for poetry in all official South African languages

It may seem like an unlikely combination, but historically poetry and funerals have a close connection.

2017 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for all South Africa’s official languages – longlist announced

The Jacana Literary Foundation has announced the 63 poets who have been selected for publication in the 7th annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology.

She tells it like it is, and some don’t want to hear it – USA Today features Koleka Putuma

South Africa’s new generation of slam poets, with Koleka Putuma the ‘leading light’, has been featured by Alexa Cole for USA Today.

Call for entries: The 2017 Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award & Anthology

The Jacana Literary Foundation has announced that submissions for the seventh annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology will be open from 1 to 16 July 2017!

3 Joburg launches for Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia confirmed, plus events in the Vaal and Pretoria

uHlanga Press has announced three Johannesburg launches for Koleka Putuma’s debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia.

A must-read for aspiring writers: Nick Mulgrew’s open letter about the state of South African poetry

The open submissions period inspired uHlanga’s publisher, Nick Mulgrew, to write an open letter about poetry in South Africa,and what he believes writers could learn from his experience.

Mongane Wally Serote calls on government to prescribe more South African literature

Now, Serote urges the ministers of higher education and of basic education to prescribe more South African literature – literature representative of the voices of the South African people – in South African schools.

“We are a country with generation

Mongane Wally Serote to receive honorary doctorate from University of Johannesburg

Struggle poet and novelist Professor Mongane Wally Serote will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg.

Previously unpublished Sylvia Plath letters claim domestic abuse by Ted Hughes

Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead, unpublished letters reveal.

Poetry in Commotion

A novel podcast about books and the people who write. The latest issue features author-journalist-reviewer-blogger-poet Karin Schimke, winner of the prestigious Ingrid Jonker Prize.