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Friday, September 9, 2011


The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust fund, will host the 15th Poetry Africa, International Poetry Festival from October 17 to 22.

With its long-standing commitment towards nurturing a culture of reading and writing poetry, especially amongst the youth, Poetry Africa invites learners to take up the exciting opportunity of submitting material for the poetry competition which is held in conjunction with the festival.

There is no particular topic for the poems and they can be written in English, Zulu or Afrikaans. No more than two poems per learner will be accepted, with a maximum length of one A4 page per poem - illegible entries will not be considered.

Poems must be submitted to Centre for Creative Arts or faxed to 031 260 3074 by September 19. Winners will read their poems on the main stage of the Poetry Africa festival on the evening of October 21. Prizes will be awarded by Adams Booksellers, with the Masizi Kunene Foundation awarding the prizes for the Zulu winners.

For more details about this year’s Poetry Africa, visit or call 031 260 2506.

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts, (University of KwaZulu-Natal) the 15th Poetry Africa is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), HIVOS, City of Durban and French Institute of South Africa.