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Don’t Miss the Launch of The Eastern Cape Book Festival Poetry Journal – Volume 1 in Port Elizabeth

The Eastern Cape Book Festival Poetry Journal - Volume 1The Eastern Cape Book Festival (ECBF) and Poetree Publications would like to invite you to the launch of The Eastern Cape Book Festival Poetry Journal – Volume 1, an anthology of poems by writers from the Eastern Cape and surrounding areas.

With this anthology the ECBF aims to redefine South African literature by providing an accessible platform for young writers to showcase their talents. The organisation strives to connect writers with vital stakeholders in the literature industry and create solid foundations for growth in these sectors. The ECBF’s mandate is to change the perception of poetry and all forms of South African literature on a national and international level, paving the way for the next generation of writers.

The launch takes place on Saturday, 31 October at the ArtEC Gallery in Port Elizabeth. Proceedings will start at 1:30 PM.

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Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 31 October 2015
  • Time: 1:00 PM for 1:30 PM
  • Venue: ArtEC Gallery,
    Epsac Community Art Centre
    36 Bird Street
    Central Port Elizabeth
    Eastern Cape
  • Dress: Smart casual
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Press release

The Eastern Cape Book Festival Poetry Journal – Volume One Book Launch

The Eastern Cape Book Festival will launch its first poetry anthology on the 31st of October 2015 at the Epsac ArtEC Community Centre in Port Elizabeth.

The anthology consists of poems collected from 26 poets from the Eastern Cape and surrounding areas and is the first volume brought to the Eastern Cape by the ECBF Organisation and published by Poetree Publications (Pty) Ltd. This journal will be published annually to serve as a platform of expression for young poets from the EC. The ECBF Poetry Journal Volume One contains titles such as Azania by Kuhle Mahleka, Forgotten Memories of Home by Jessica Holdsworth, Blues for Jazz Rappers by Mphutlane Bofelo, Khoisan by Mario D’Offizi and more.

The focus of the ECBF Poetry Journal is to provide poets from various regions province with a regular publication catering specifically to them. It is the vision and goal of the organisation to make this publication available to schools and tertiary institutions and ultimately, make a valuable contribution to the educational curriculum, where students can learn multi-lingual poetry written by their peers. The organisation aims to host workshops for poets who wish to submit their work for the coming publications, which will be a prerequisite for all accepted submissions.

Only in its second year, the EC Book Festival team have already created a substantial following of book fanatics, authors, poets, publishers and performers, and have gained the interest and enthusiasm of the local community. The Eastern Cape Book Festival is an initiative started by a collective of arts activists from the Nelson Mandela Bay, with the objective of creating a platform for writers from the Eastern Cape to showcase their work as well as set the wheel in motion for revitalising the love for literature amongst youngsters around the country. Not only is the event an opportunity for authors and poets to come together and share and express, but the organisation itself also aims to establish open dialogues between publishers, literature veterans and other prominent figures in the arts circle with budding writers. The Eastern Cape Book Festival provides the perfect chance to network, acquire information and get involved in community development.

This year, the festival took place on the 27th and 28th of August 2015 at the Athenaeum Theatre in Central, Port Elizabeth. Guests this year included the likes of authors such as Siphiwo Mahala who was the esteemed keynote speaker, Marla Druzgal, Zama Batyi, Mangaliso Buzani, Robin Jackson and more; youth theatre group Assitej SA, Resonance Poetry, Puku Books are but some of the participants for 2015. Jowhari Trahan, editor of Urban Tymes magazine in California USA also attended the 2015 EC Book Festival and shared her expertise on marketing as an international artist.

The official book launch of the poetry journal will give the published poets an opportunity to recite their poems. Journals will be on sale at the book launch and thereafter available from the organisation or Poetree Publications.

For more information, contact the festival co-curator, / 0727038832

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