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Thursday, May 29, 2014


Award-winning poet and playwright, Kobus Moolman, will present a reading from his latest collection of poetry, Left Over (Dye Hard Press), at the next Rendezvous of the Live Poets Society (LiPS) on June 4, 2014. This will take place at a new venue for the society – the aptly-titled A Novel Idea in Westville.

Left Over, Kobus’ sixth collection of poems, and acknowledged widely as his strongest to date, describes the inner world of a man dealing with what the poet calls “being in the flesh, being a body in the world”. Sparse but dense, the prose-like poetry is arresting in its intensity and power. As poet and critic Kelwyn Sole comments, “Kobus Moolman’s elliptical, foreshortened poetry opens up a world of exploration and heightened experience from which the reader eventually emerges, chastened but delighted. These are poems of acumen, depth and extraordinary pressure.”

Kobus, who teaches Creative Writing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has won numerous awards including the Ingrid Jonker Prize, the DALRO poetry prize, the BBC African Theatre award, the South African Literary Award for poetry, and most recently the Sol Plaatje European Union poetry award. In 2013, he was the Mellon Writer in Residence for three months in Grahamstown, courtesy of Rhodes University.

The LiPS Rendezvous takes place at 18h30 for 19h00 on June 4 at A Novel Idea, 157 Blair Athol Road, Westville North (next door to the vet). Admission is free. For more information contact LiPS Convenor Danny Naicker on 083 282 0865 or email