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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Poetry Africa festival proves to be intriguing, and full of energy. (Review by Philisiwe Twijnstra)

Most writers and poets from Durban showed up for the opening night of the 22nd Poetry Africa on October 15, 2018. The festival hosts local and international poets to venues across the city centre.

The Poetry Africa festival paid tribute to Ma’m Albertina Nonsikeleo Sisulu with a fusion of dance, storytelling and poetry spearheaded by Dr Gcina Mhlophe and Lebo Mashile accompanied by Wushwini Pan African Centre direction by Jerry Pooe.

This year’s Poetry Africa festival include poets from South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, America and Ukraine . BM Mdletshe (South Africa); Daniel B Summerhill (USA); Emmah Mabye (South Africa); Gcina Mhlophe (South Africa); Lebo Mashile (South Africa); Mak Manaka (South Africa); Matete Motsoaledi (South Africa); Míriam Cano (Spain); Mphutlane wa Bofelo (South Africa); Myroslav Laiuk (Ukraine); Nkateko Masinga (South Africa); Phelelani Makhanya (South Africa); Philip Meersman (Belgium); Rafeef Ziadah (Palestine); Sandile Ngidi (South Africa); Severine Daucourt Fridriksson (France); Tanya Evanson (Canada); Taras Malkovych (Ukraine); TJ Dema (Botswana); Upile Chisala (Malawi) and Vuyelwa Maluleke (South Africa)

Each poet had a chance to introduce us to a taste of their work - indeed Poetry Africa festival proves to be intriguing, and full of energy. I encourage lovers of poetry and for written word to make their way to the festival. It is a great way to network and meet local, international poets.

For more information visit - Philisiwe Twijnstra