ANNOUNCEMENT – POETRY CAFÉ CHANGE OF TIME #SABOOKFAIR2019
The Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café at the South African Book Fair will now take place at 3:30pm to 5pm, Saturday 7th September at Constitution Hill.
Poetry from South Africa, Sweden, Malawi and Jamaica by way of Canada!
Please come through!
“I’m afraid of who you are now. Of who you’ve become to survive”
Vangile Gantsho at Joburg Theatre
Vangile Gantsho, “Honestly, I walked into this conversation skeptical. I didn’t expect it to be a real conversation, truly unpacking some of the violence of architecture and questioning what architecture can/should look like for a people who carry memory differently. Who carry memory through ritual perhaps. Through practice and story and music and plants and the ground, perhaps.
Lesley Lokko opened with a story of how she couldn’t find the word for museum in Xhosa. In a conversation with a guard at the Steve Biko Memorial:
“What do you call a building that houses memory?”
“You don’t need a building to do that.”
Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation. I am very thankful for the spaces poetry leads me into. To be called, and to answer.
Vangile Gantsho’s live appearance in conversation with the Cheeky Natives at Outie Bakery in Johannesburg on 25 August 2019.
“Her father was water
But the wind drank him up”
Source: Current State of Poetry (CSP)
Busisiwe Mahlangu, author of impepho press title ‘Surviving Loss’, posted a beautiful piece on Instagram about her interview by Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane at @CheekyNatives.