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Monday, February 3, 2014


Once more the Live Poets Society (LiPS) has had to move to a new venue with the closure of The COLLECTIVE.

“Claus and Karen Bradtke who ran the COLLECTIVE have offered to house us at their prominent art gallery and art school,” says LiPS convenor, Danny Naicker. “artSPACE will now be our new home.”

The next LiPS gathering takes place on February 5. Guest poets appearing call themselves The Poetry Forum and are headed by Abdulla Amla (Author of In Love’s Way and a former guest of LiPS). This is a small group of about 10 writers and aspiring writers who share and feature their work (mostly poetry) with each other. The writers hail from all parts of South Africa as well as overseas. The purpose of the group is to nurture new talent and help hone each others’ writing skills in order to achieve a vision of publishing a joint anthology in the not too distant future. Already some of the writers have had their work published in magazines, etc.

The main feature for the evening will be author Bilkis Moola, Head of Department in Languages at Theu-Theu Primary in Volksrust, Mpumalanga. It was here in her hometown where she began her journey of healing from a severely abusive marriage. This healing process culminated in the compilation and publication of her first anthology Wounds & Wings – A Lyrical Salve Through Metaphor. She has started her venture of helping and guiding other abused women with her recent initiative, Poetry as Therapy.

Other poets to be featured are Abdulla Amla , Tasneem Rawat and Rowaida Hoosen.

The LiPS gathering takes place at artSPACE Durban on February 5 at 17h30 for 18h00. Admission is free. For more information contact Danny Naicker on 083 282 0865 or email

artSPACE Durban is situated at 3 Millar Road, Durban (just off Umgeni Road right next to the Waste Centre).