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"Now is the time for SA to take up the pen and not the sword": AVBOB launches poetry campaign

Today, Mandela Day – AVBOB are launching their much anticipated Poetry Campaign.

Now is the time for us, as a nation, to take up the pen and not the sword. This is when we should focus on what unites, rather than divides us. And the AVBOB poetry project strives to do exactly that.

Facts about the campaign:
• To bring this poetry project to life, AVBOB are launching a website – www.avbobpoetry.co.za – on 18 July 2017, on Mandela Day
• Open to all South Africans in 11 official languages
• As a token of our appreciation, an incentive of R300 will be paid to each person who’s poem is selected for our library on the website
• The winners in each language category will be awarded at a prestigious event in March 2018 and will receive a cash prize

When grief has rendered us mute, poetry enables us to capture the legacy of our loved ones for all eternity, and to express our loss in a meaningful way.

From left – Johann de Lange, editor-in-chief for the AVBOB poetry project, Mr Frik Rademan, CEO of AVBOB, Dr Mantoa Motinyane-Masoko, senior lecturer and head of African Languages and Literatures at UCT and Dr Stanley Madonsela, Directorate: African Languages, University of South Africa and Daniel Hugo, Afrikaans editor for the AVBOB poetry project.

 

A letter from CEO at AVBOB, Frik Rademan:

AVBOB has decided to sponsor a poetry platform, but that would be a gross over-simplification. The truth is, neither AVBOB nor any other business can actually ‘sponsor’ poetry. All we can claim is that we wish to be associated with the power of poetry – and with the beauty of the human spirit.

To suggest that AVBOB can do anything meaningful for poetry would therefore be completely erroneous. Rather, it is the other way around: poetry can mean so much to AVBOB and its people.

Ever since its inception in 1918, AVBOB has belonged to ordinary people. Indeed, it was originally established for humanitarian reasons to help families in times of need during the difficult years after World War I, when people suffered bitterly.

Today, 99 years later, people still suffer, and despondency is becoming an ever-increasing threat to our self-preservation. People are generally divided and riven with uncertainty. Work is scarce, and meaningful work even scarcer.

Loss makes people vulnerable, whether it is the loss of income or the loss of a dream at the death of a loved one – a mother, a father, a child – and, consequently, we are at a loss for words to say goodbye. And if we do not have the words to send off our loved ones, the ritual of parting is muted.

AVBOB’s invitation to poets to write poems with an elegiac feel in all our official languages is thus, of itself, a strategic decision, aimed at building a bridge between those who have the words (established and aspiring poets) and those who so desperately need to hear those words (the bereaved). The sponsorship is thus aimed at providing a platform for poets, both unknown and lauded, to offer words of comfort through their craft.

To bring this poetry project to life, AVBOB are launching a website – www.avbobpoetry.co.za – on Mandela Day, 18 July 2017 at 1pm, that will be completely devoted to South African poetry. The main features of the website are twofold. First, we want to publish as many quality new poems as possible, in all 11 of the official South African languages. These poems will be freely available to all lovers of this enchanting and everlasting literary form, and to all those searching for a verse to give expression to the complex and unique emotions they are experiencing.

Secondly, the website will form the platform from which we will launch a nationwide poetry competition. Again, just as AVBOB belongs to the people, so too does poetry – it knows no boundaries, and transcends all differences. For this reason, we have made a massive effort to make the competition as inclusive as possible. The competition will thus be open to all South Africans, in all 11 official languages, to celebrate the richness and diversity of all the voices of our land.

Should a poem be accepted by one of our editors, it will open up a world of exciting new opportunities for the entrant of the poem. First, every poem which is approved by the relevant editor will feature alongside other poems on the AVBOB poetry website, where it will become part of a library of content to provide words of beauty and comfort to the people of South Africa. As a token of our appreciation, an incentive of R300 will be paid for each poem selected.

In addition, all entrants of approved poems will be in line for the AVBOB Poetry Prize, in the specific language categories (there will be a winner in each language). The respective prizes will bring cash rewards.

This initiative is by no means accidental. I am extremely grateful to say that, over the years, AVBOB has been a proud supporter of the arts in our country. We have always believed that the arts provide emotional and intellectual upliftment for our people, and that it is a way to liberate them from the difficulties of daily life.

Every person who enters the Poetry project will stand an equal chance for their work to feature alongside that of some of our most accoladed poets in a 100-poem print anthology, entitled “I wish I’d said”. The anthology will be published in August 2018. The title of the anthology will also be the theme for the poetry competition. This theme resonated deeply with us because all of us, at some point in our lives, have felt regret for the things we’ve left unsaid. Perhaps we wish we’d said, “I love you”, “forgive me” or “I will never forget you”.

Regardless of what this phrase means to each individual, it is our wish that the AVBOB poetry project will become a vehicle for people to finally express those unspoken whispers of the heart.

When grief has rendered us mute, poetry enables us to capture the legacy of our loved ones for all eternity, and to express our loss in a meaningful way.

Now is the time for us, as a nation, to take up the pen and not the sword. This is when we should focus on what unites, rather than divides us. And the AVBOB poetry project strives to do exactly that.

Enter the annual Poetry in McGregor Poetry Competition

WIN R5000 IN THE POETRY COMPETITION:

One of the highlights leading up to the annual Poetry in McGregor weekend is the Poetry Competition: Last year the organizers were delighted to receive hundreds of entries from across the nation. The entries for this year`s competition is now officially open: All unpublished poets may enter the Poetry in McGregor competition: The theme this year is: Poetry against Poverty. Your entry must reflect this theme.

Billy Kennedy, Chairman of the Poetry in McGregor committee, believes that Poetry plays an important part in our lives: “Someone once wrote that much of the violence and psychological illness and unease in our society is probably due to poetry deprivation. Bigotry and prejudice and fundamentalism contract the mind, and our world is full of it. Poetry expands the mind. It limbers up the imagination. It does to the mind what Yoga does for the body. We are looking forward to reading the works of budding poets. Enrage us, challenge us, uplift us, inspire us!”

There are two categories for this year’s Poetry Competition:

Adult open category: prize money for winner: R5000.00
School category (open to students grade 7 to 12) – Prize: a brand new iPad.

Entries to be mailed to mcgpoets@gmail.com before 30 July 2017. Entries can be in Afrikaans or English. Please see www.poetryinmcgregor.co.za for competition details, terms and conditions.

POETRY IN MCGREGOR:

There is a great range of poets performing at various venues at this year`s event: Koos Kombuis, Ashley Dowds, Hugh Hodge, John Maytham, Nic de Jager, Kobus Moolman, Lungiswa Nyatyowa, Lerato Sibanda, Philip de Vos, Diana Ferrus, Daniel Hugo, Lara Kirsten, Fanie Olivier, Koos van der Merwe, Mavis Vermaak, Wendy Woodward and many more. A Complete list of all the performing poets can be found at http://mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za/2017-poets/

As part of the Poetry in McGregor Weekend, the MAC project will also be hosting the Schools’ Festival on the morning of Friday 25 August. Over 800 pupils from schools in the village and surrounding areas will be attending the event. Cape Town based artist Ha Man! together with his partner, Joke Debaere, will be presenting music, songs, drama and poetry. The Afrikaans group Ruk!, two dynamic young performers from Cape Town, will also be performing for the children at this exciting event.

For those poets who would like to participate spontaneously a number of Open Mic sessions will also be taking place during the “Poetry in McGregor” weekend. These sessions are hosted by Hugh Hodge (http://hahodge.blogspot.co.za/p/about-me.html) and no tickets or booking are required. Anyone wishing to read or recite their poetry is welcome – from the well-known to budding, new poets.

Accommodation: It is advised to book accommodation in advance:
Temenos Retreat: www.temenos.org.za / temenos@lando.co.za / 023 625 1871
McGregor Country Getaways: www.mcgregor-accommodation.co.za / info@mcgregor-accommodation.co.za / 023 625 1409 / 076 411 9477
McGregor Tourism Bureau: www.tourismmcgregor.co.za / info@tourismmcgregor.co.za / 023 625 1954
McGregor Backpackers: www.mcgregorbackpackers.co.za /083 206 8007
Robertson Tourism Bureau: www.robertsontourism.co.za / info@robertson.org.za / 023 626 4437
Robertson Wine Valley: www.robertsonwinevalley.com / manager@robertsonwinevalley.com / 023 626 3167

Tickets available from Computicket from mid July 2017.

Web and social media:

www.poetryinmcgregor.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/McGregorPoetry/

https://twitter.com/mcgpoetry

https://za.pinterest.com/mcgregorpoetry/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI-ksT9BcSe34670JlWXPKw/feed

Wesgro Cape Town and Western Cape: http://goto.capetown/home

Join us for a magnificent weekend, words rooted in heart!

Bekendstelling: Radbraak deur Jolyn Phillips

In dié digbundel verbrokkel sy taal, draai sy rug op haar vel-taal, pleeg sy ‘radbraak’ op haar eie taal. Dit is die enigste medium wat sy het, maar sy breek dit, sy vernuwe dit, sy ‘ont’taal dit.

Phillips is ‘n nuwe stem in Afrikaans – by tye liries maar deurgaans skreiend en ook uitdagend.

Volgens bekroonde digter Petra Müller is Radbraak ‘n ‘klein aardbewing van ‘n bundel’.

Ook uit Müller se keurverslag:’Hierdie skrywer het die engel in die klip beet.’

Jolyn Phillips, 27, is gebore en getoë in Blompark, Gansbaai. Haar debuutkortverhaalbundel, Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories, verskyn in 2016. Sy is tans besig om met haar doktorale tesis aan die Universiteit van Weskaapland (UWK). Sy beskryf haarself as ‘n woordswerwer maar werk ook deeltyds as ‘n dosent en sangeres.

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Radbraak: Jolyn Phillips se digdebuut in Afrikaans

Radbraak is Jolyn Phillips, kortverhaalskrywer van Tjieng tjang tjerries, se digdebuut in Afrikaans.

In dié digbundel verbrokkel sy taal, draai sy rug op haar vel-taal, pleeg sy ‘radbraak’ op haar eie taal. Dit is die enigste medium wat sy het, maar sy breek dit, sy vernuwe dit, sy ‘ont’taal dit.

Phillips is ‘n nuwe stem in Afrikaans – by tye liries maar deurgaans skreiend en ook uitdagend.

Volgens bekroonde digter Petra Müller is Radbraak ‘n ‘klein aardbewing van ‘n bundel’.

Ook uit Müller se keurverslag:’Hierdie skrywer het die engel in die klip beet.’

Jolyn Phillips, 27, is gebore en getoë in Blompark, Gansbaai. Haar debuutkortverhaalbundel, Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories, verskyn in 2016. Sy is tans besig om met haar doktorale tesis aan die Universiteit van Weskaapland (UWK). Sy beskryf haarself as ‘n woordswerwer maar werk ook deeltyds as ‘n dosent en sangeres.

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Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award and Anthology submissions open

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The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is thrilled to announce that submissions for the seventh annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology will be open from 1 to 16 July 2017! This award and anthology are made possible through ongoing support and partnership with the European Union.

Up to three poems in any of South Africa’s official languages can be submitted via the online entry form that will be put up on the Jacana website on 1 July (http://www.jacana.co.za/awards/sol-plaatje-european-union-poetry-award-95444). Entrants are encouraged to submit poems written in their mother tongue. Entries will close at 5 pm on Sunday, 16 July.

The work submitted is judged blind by a panel of four esteemed poets. As in previous years, a longlist of the best entries received will be published in volume 7 of the anthology. A shortlist of three poets is selected from the longlist, and those finalists will be invited to attend an event at the inaugural annual Nirox Foundation Word Festival in mid-October, where the winner will be announced and cash prizes awarded. The word festival will reverberate the themes around the award, and further question and express subjects exploring our troubled and uncertain times and the pursuit of ‘another way’.

Named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932), the Award recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. We always hope that it reveals the political and social attitudes of our time, and reflects the complex, nuanced and uncomfortable truths of life in South Africa, and thus, poems which reflect our current realities are warmly welcomed.

For more information, contact the Jacana Literary Foundation on awards@jacana.co.za.

Fourie Botha se tweede digbundel ondersoek die debat oor manlikheid

Krap uit die see is die tweede bundel van die jong digter Fourie Botha.

Soos sy debuutbundel Donkerkamer wat op die kortlys vir die 2013 Ingrid Jonkerprys was, sluit Krap uit die see aan by die debat oor manlikheid, wat sowel geweld, lyflikheid, die vaderfiguur, homo-erotiek en doodgewone huislikheid van twee mans wat saamwoon insluit.

Die see is ’n deurlopende motief, die oerbron waaruit alle lewe kruip, in gedigte oor familieverhoudings, die liefde en erotiek. Grense tussen lewe en dood, droom en werklikheid, mens en dier vervloei op surrealistiese wyse.

Fourie Botha word groot in Bethal op die Hoëveld en op Nietverdiend in die Marico-Bosveld. Aan die Universiteit van Pretoria studeer hy Uitgewerswese en Engels en gee vir ’n paar jaar opvoedkundige boeke uit.

In 2008 voltooi hy ’n meestersgraad in Engelse letterkunde en skryf daarna by die Universiteit van Kaapstad in vir ’n meestersgraad in Kreatiewe Skryfwerk onder Joan Hambidge. Sedert 2008 werk hy as redakteur van die Umuzi drukmerk by die uitgewershuis Penguin Random House in Kaapstad.

Sy gedigte word opgeneem in die versamelbundel Nuwe Stemme 4, waarna hy debuteer met die digbundel Donkerkamer in 2011.

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