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Launch of Akwe Amuso’s Not Goodbye at Kalk Bay Books

Not Goodbye: PoemsKalk Bay Books and Carapace Poets cordially invite you to the launch of Not Goodbye, a poetry collection by Akwe Amosu – a rich reflection on the poet’s personal landscapes, and her meditations on the African experience.

In this, her first collection, Amosu meditates on a rich range of experiences in Africa and elsewhere, and on the joys and sorrows of attachment. She reflects on the landscapes of chosen exile, on political commitment, on the burdens of loss and on the silences of her dead. Family and daily life and the rituals of friendship, love and grief are transfigured in language that alternates between sharp analysis, lyrical precision and lamentation. Her poetic forms are sinewy and mobile, and images can move with startling speed from delicate invocation to urgent assertion. ‘Come back. Or, I beg you, go on ahead’, she entreats in ‘Postcard to Wolvercote Cemetery’, which seeks to remind us, as her other poems also do, of the tasks of living – and dying – and the world of in-between.

We look forward to welcoming you in Kalk Bay:

Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, 07 November 2010
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books, Majestic Village
    124 Main Road
    (Opposite Cape to Cuba restaurant)
    Kalk Bay | Map
  • Refreshments: wine and snacks
  • RSVP: Mary-Anne,, 021 788 2266

About the Author

Akwe Amosu, half Nigerian and half British, was born at Hyde Park Corner in London but moved to Nigeria as a small child. She studied at Sussex University in the United Kingdom and then worked for news organizations including the BBC and as a reporter, radio host and editor, covering African stories. She has lived and worked in South Africa and other African countries as well as in the UK. After a brief period with the UN in Ethiopia, she settled in Washington DC in 2006 where she works as a policy advocate for the Open Society Institute on issues such as human rights, governance and accountability in Africa.

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Reading: Steve Shapiro at Folio Books

of little consequenceFolio Books invites you to an evening of Haiku with Steve Shapiro.

Come and be enlightened and entertained by Cape Town’s foremost Haiku poet—Steve Shapiro, author of In a Borrowed Tent (winner of the 1996 Ingrid Jonker Prize) and of little consequence (published by the Unpublished Manuscript Press).

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 16 April 2010
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Folio Books, 207 Main Rd
    (Opp Westerford High)
    Newlands, Cape Town
  • RSVP:, 021 685 7190

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Kate Kilalea Reads from One Eye’d Leigh at The Book Lounge

One Eye'd LeighAs those who receive the Book Lounge’s email newsletter may have seen, I’ll be introducing UK based poet Kate Kilalea, whose One Eye’d Leigh was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, next Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

Kate will give a reading from her book.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2010
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland
    cnr Buitenkant
    Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Gus Ferguson
  • RSVP:, 021 462 2425

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Poetry Reading: Gus Ferguson and Finuala Dowling at Folio Books

Notes from the Dementia WardHolding PatternA press email from Folio Books:

Folio Books is delighted to be hosting not one, but two highly lauded local poets: Gus Ferguson and Finuala Dowling.

Gus Ferguson is a publisher, poet and cartoonist whose work the Witness describes as ”witty and playful, demonstrating the writer’s verbal agility (and) idiosyncratic humour. Intelligent, original, informed, Ferguson’s (more…)

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Great entertainment at Michael Oak Waldorf, Kenilworth

Dear friends

Hope you can make this event. It promises to be an entertaining evening of acoustic music, laid-back vocals, and vibrant poetry. I will be there as a former Michael Oak parent; Pandori is a foot-stomping band of ex-MO violins and accordions; Ernestine Deane is a soulful vocalist and former lead singer of Moodphase Five among other top local bands; Nukphonic play intelligent groove music, fronted by ex-MO jazz singer Emily Bruce; Jacques Coetzee and Johann Kotze elegantly blend poetry with music. And there’s Simric Yarrow, mixing up poetry with theatre. All in aid of a great cause too (in other countries Waldorf education is provided by the state, but here those who want it and can’t afford private school fees need bursary support – which is targeted with diversity in mind).

So spread the word if you are able to, and come and spend a relaxing evening on October 10th, at Michael Oak Waldorf School – Marlow Rd (off Gibson Rd), Kenilworth.

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ANNOUNCING – on Sat Oct 10th,

7 for 7.30 – 10pm


a funned-raising

acoustically-inclined evening of

Music & Poetry


top local performers:

Gus Ferguson

(“everyone’s favourite local poet”)

Ernestine Deane

(soulful vocal magic)


(acoustic Gypsy band)

Simric Yarrow

(word theatre)


featuring Emily Bruce

(original funky grooves)

Johann Kotze & Jacques Coetzee

(“songs uncovered”- guitar&voice)

book early to avoid disappointment

phone 021 797 9728

or 021 788 6613

or e-mail:

supper and refreshments for sale

(by Michael Oak class 10s)

tickets R50

(R30 under 18/ over 65)

profits to school bursary fund

CDs/ poetry books also for sale

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Karapaks 6 Uitnodiging

You are invited to attend

the launch of

Karapaks #6

Karapaks 6



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Photos from Ghost Writer Launch

Ghost Writer Cape Town’s hardiest poetry lovers (quite a sizeable crowd, when you come to think of it) turned up at Clarke’s Books in Long Street last Friday for the launch of Jane Fox’s Ghost Writer.

Ben Williams among them. He reeled off a few snaps and has sent them our way. Jane read splendidly and shared a few bits of her life with Lionel Abrahams (they were married in 1986). She also talked about her latest play, Judas Iscariot.

Anyone wishing to purchase Ghost Writer (part of Snailpress’s Unpublished Manuscript series) should post a comment here or get in touch using the details on our About page. Here are the pictures:

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Book Launch: Ghost Writer by Jane Fox

Jane Fox Launch - Invite

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of
a collection of poems by


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Reading at Rust en Vrede, Wereldboekdag

JitsvingerI will be reading poems at Rust-en-Vrede in Durbanville on the 23rd of April (World Book Day) from 7:30 pm.

Also on the bill is Jitsvinger (pictured here), and Mr Cat and the Jackal will provide the music. Entrance is R30. Bring your own picnic basket (the cafe will be closed), or order delivered pizza from the nearby St Elmo’s. A cash bar will be open.

If you are keen to attend and need directions etc., contact Rust-en-Vrede:

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Poetry Cabaret at Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville

This might be edgy… a cabaret based on Jeanne Goosen’s latest book of poems.

Nicole Holm and Frieda van den HeeverElders aan Diens***********************




(Genugtig Uitgewers)


REGIE: Albert Maritz

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