South African Book Fair 2019


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!


Happy Retirement Justice Edwin Cameron

So… When Justice Cameron says our work is beautiful and that he is thankful for the craft and our contribution to it… Ja no shame… Would it be embarrassing to admit how incredibly cool that felt!!!


Vangile Gantsho participated in a discussion on memory and architecture

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.

Siyabulela. Camagu.”