UWC CREATES is celebrating Heritage Month in suitable style: creatively.
On Friday, the annual Poetry Festival will give the campus community a chance to listen to poems from several South African poets and writers, a poet from India and the Poet Laureate of the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, the winners of the annual Sindiwe Magona Literary Prize will be announced - and some will even read their work alongside the famed lineup (which includes Vonani Bila, Thando Mgqolozana, Valda Jansen and Nkosinathi Sithole, as well as the Indian poet Vivek Narayanan
and the Dutch poet Anne Vegter).
But the Poetry Festival is meant for everyone - not only is the event free and open to the public, but all week long, students are welcome to head down to the Library (it’s near the Student Centre, if you haven’t been there yet for some reason) and share a copy of their favourite poems - whether their own original creations or the words of little-known scribblers like that William Shakespeare guy.
The poems will be collected on Thursday afternoon, and distributed to the campus community on Friday morning and posted on poetry posters...and some will even be read during the Poetry Lunch Hour on Friday.
UWC Poetry Lunch Hour
Date: Friday, 18 September 2015
Time: 12:45 to 14:00
Venue: UWC Library Auditorium
Note:The UWC Brass Band will also be performing.
As Sindiwe Magona, head of UWC Creates Xhosa writing programme, says: “Writing has the power to change lives – the life of the writer and the life of the reader.”
Join the Poetry Lunch Hour, and either way, your life could be changed...
The readings form part of a broader celebration by the Steve Biko Foundation and the Mayibuye Robben Island Archives Museum, with a Frank Talk session around the meaning of Africanising Higher Education.