It was with great pleasure that I gave a second reading of my Poetry in McGregor presentation KNOCKING AT THE MOONLILT DOOR.
This was on Saturday 7 September at Casa Labia in Muizenberg.

I opened with the evocative THE LISTENERS by Walter de la Mare and then read poems that picked up on the metaphors of TRAVELLER, MOON, LONELINESS, DEPARTURE & RETURN, DARKNESS & LIGHT. These are listed below.

Read More

The seventh Poetry in McGregor Festival was celebrated this past weekend 23-25 August at Temenos Retreat.

The Festival is anchored by a deep creative energy.
This energy has a wellspring in the Temenos Garden, with its lovely composition of shrines and temples, ponds and whispering pines.
There are many paths in the Garden, as there are many paths in life.
They are narrow and, when you walk them, you might have that fleeting fear of getting lost, or slipping, or being overwhelmed by foliage.
But you are always led, as though by the hand of the Gardener himself, between flower beds and through an avenue of slender trees.
These grant beauty, colour and serenity, so that a sense of healing pervades, whatever distress or sorrow you might be suffering.

Read More

I had the privilege of being invited to read poems at the recent Montagu Boekefees. There, I presented poems of ‘Portraits, dorpies and the plaas’ from the Africa! anthologies and Stanzas .
Through the poems, I created a South African diorama of emotions, experiences and glimpses into personal lives. Some depicted abuse and others were amorous. One marked the end of innocence, and another, by Jane Fox, was a beautiful mourning poem.

Read More

I often imagine everyday life to be theatre in which we take up roles, costuming ourselves and acting out as personae removed from our true being.

I’m fascinated by the props we set up in our lives; by the way we change scenes and locations; and by how infrequently the truth of our meaning is revealed. All too often it is the pretended meaning that comes to the fore. There is often a ‘replay of unresolved things’, a pastiche of errors played out from one generation to the next.

I made use of a theatrical template when composing my latest novel, The Inn at Helsvlakte. The characters entered my life as formidable personages in the deep night or at dawn, which is when I wrote them. I preferred interacting with them when everyone else slept, because they were demanding and forceful and because, for a while, I experienced some difficulties in separating the ‘real’ theatre of my own world and that of the fiction.

Read More

If I were asked, in my role as a curator of poetry anthologies,
“Whose company do you keep in your everyday working life”,
I’d answer that I keep the company of Poets.

A second question might be:
“What are you exposed to, in the company of Poets?”

Read More

The Burundian artist, Serge Alain Nitegeka, has created a powerful installation at The Norval Art Museum in Cape Town called Structural Response III and I recently read a selection of poems alongside it.

Structural Response III is Nitegeka’s response to forced migration and the crises of refugees.
It is imposing and forms an obstacle that is not easily traversed.
It does not represent a place of new or even good fortune.

Read More