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Sunday, March 30, 2014


The Live Poets Society meets on the First Wednesday of each month. Poets and lovers of poetry are welcome to listen and to read and to share their works and to discuss poetry in all its varied forms and uniqueness.

At the next meeting on April 2, the Guest Poet for the month is Poppy Seed (aka Angela Harvey) whose last album Coming Through was complimented and endorsed by Sade the sultry singer of Smooth Operator fame; and Mutabaruka the outspoken Jamaican Dub Poet/activist. Poppy Seed rises somewhere in between and has been called the ‘Warm Revolutionary’. Her poetry tends to address women’s issues and social injustices, described as being ‘On the cusp of Poetry and Song.’

After relocating from London to Durban two years ago, Poppy Seed turned heads at Poetry Africa 2012 and subsequently as a guest of Concerts SA at UKZN School of Music with an engaging acoustic set.

Throughout her artistic career, Poppy Seed has contributed a lot of work in education not only as a lecturer in Literature, Media and Writing skills, but also as a performer offering workshops and master classes in schools, Prisons, Colleges and guest speaker at various Corporate and Arts Organisations.

She holds recent Awards for Best Performance Poet, and the Nina Simone for Black Women in Jazz from BWA (Black Women in the Arts UK). Her music is featured on sound tracks on the acclaimed Pan African Award winning films 500 Years Later and the recent Motherland both Cinematographic masterpiece documentaries directed by Durban based Owen Alik Shahada.

A playwright, songwriter and life coach, she is internationally acclaimed, making appearances in USA, UK, Europe Jamaica, Gambia, South Africa, over 25 years. Her book Poetry for Phases, Stages, & Pages is out on Amazon and select bookstores.

The LiPS Rendezvous on April 2 will take place at 17h30 for 18h00 at artSPACE Durban, 3 Millar Road, Durban (off Umgeni Road right next to Waste Centre). Admission is free. For more information contact LiPS Convener Danny Naicker on 083 282 0865 or email:

For more information on Poppy Seed visit