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Three New Titles Launched at Xarra Books

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At another vibrant event at Xarra Books, poets and poetry lovers congregated to celebrate the launch of three new titles from Botsotso.

Sections of Six, an anthology comprising the work of six new writers, Bluesology and Bofelosophy by Mphutlane wa Bofelo, and Izinhlungu Zomphefumulo (Emotional Pain) by Bongekile Mbanjwa – who unfortunately was unable to attend the launch.
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Three-in-One Launch: Contemporary Poetry Burning with Love and Anger

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Botsotso Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of three new books in Gauteng this week: Bluesology and Bofelosophy by Mphutlane wa Bofelo, Izinhlungu Zomphefumulo (Emotional Pain) by Bongekile Mbanjwa, and an anthology by six new writers, edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz, Sections of Six.
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Zulu-English Poetry Collection New from Botsotso

emotionalpainfinalcover-1.jpgBongekile MbanjwaIzinhlungu Zomphefumulo (Emotional Pain) is a new title from Bongekile Mbanjwa that was launched at Poetry Africa. The book contains 35 poems in Zulu and in English.

The poet writes, “My aim in writing this book was to expose pain, confusion and the different types of abuse we face every day of our lives. I also wish to show that this suffering and pain must be followed by solutions.”

For a taste of this collection, we bring you two poems in Zulu and in English:
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Book Launch: Sections of Six from Botsotso

front-cover.jpgBotsotso Publishing invites you to the launch of its latest publication, Sections of Six. This anthology of contemporary poetry and photography features the work of Natalie Railoun, Matodzi Gift Ramashia, Alison Green, Abu Bakr Solomans, Khanyi Magubane and Thuto Mako.

Come to The Book Lounge in Cape Town to hear readings by these talented poets, with inputs from two speakers, editor Allan Kolski Horwitz and Mark Espin from UWC.
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Call for Submissions: Poetry about Eviction & Homelessness

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Botsotso is coordinating an exhibition on the subject of the RED ANTS, the notorious eviction squads used to clear buildings of “undesirables”.

The photographs are by Kabelo Mofokeng and we invite submission of poems and prose-poems on the subject of housing needs and the debacle of eviction where alternatives are not given to those made homeless.
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Peter Tosh Poetry & Reggae Tribute

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Sounds of Edutainment – in partnership with Botsotso Publishers, T-shirt Terrorist, the Joubert Park Project, Kulture, Park Communications, Kwazi Khali Productions, White Dove Designs and Rebelations Media – will host the Peter Tosh Poetry/Reggae Tribute in celebration of the musical legacy of a legendary reggae icon, Peter Tosh, Drill Hall in Jozi on Saturday, 25th October 2008 all night long.
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Poets in Motion at Botsotso Launch

Botsotso15 Mphutlane wa Bofelo Bluesology and Bofelosophy, a collection of poetry and essays, opened the proceedings at the Poetry Africa launch of five new Botsotso titles. Author and poet Mphutlane wa Bofelo, employing his incisive satire and rhetoric-free language, amplified his “fresh, honest and from-the-gut” writing in a transfixing reading. Working within a triune of modes – Black Consciousness, humanistic Islam and socialism – he made the inextricability of politics and poetry patent. Bofelo ended his reading with the searing words “affirmative accounting” still burning on everyone’s lips.

Blue Wings by Allan Koski Howitz and Anne Varney was up next. It tells the story of a young giraffe trapped in a baobab after a flood, and its fateful accord with a dispossessed blue bird. An allegory of “freedom and exploitation”, this prose-poem for kids assails the “complexity of promises, of the cost of freedom” – no less relevant to the adult world and the child in all of us.
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Three KZN Poets at the Witness Hilton Arts Festival

Brett Beiles Sarah Frost Kobus MoolmanThree KwaZulu-Natal poets and three Johannesburg poets took some time out in the gorgeous hills of the Natal Midlands to celebrate the launch of Botsotso 15 in the province.

Poetry activist/organiser Brett Beiles, Sarah Frost, an exciting new voice on the South African poetry scene, and Kobus Moolman, creative writing teacher and author of Separating the Seas, appeared at The Witness Hilton Arts Festival with Ike Mboneni Muila, Liesl Jobson, Allan Kolski Horwitz.
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Botsotso goes to the Witness Hilton Arts Festival

Botsotso 15100 Papers by Liesl JobsonOut of the Wreckage by Allan Kolski HorwitzFollowing the successful launch of Botsotso 15 at the Jozi Spoken Word Festival, Botsotso Publishing will be making two appearances at The Witness Hilton Arts Festival in Hilton, KwaZulu Natal next weekend.

On Saturday, KwaZulu-Natal poets Kobus Moolman, Mphutlane Bofelo, Brett Beiles and Sarah Frost will read live, followed by an open mic session.

On Sunday, a panel discussion with writers Allan Kolski Horwitz, Liesl Jobson, and Peter Rule will answer the questions: Is the short story a dying art? Or is the form about to have its day?
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Two New Titles Launched at Jozi Spoken Word Fest

Allan Kolski Horwitz at Jozi Spoken WordLiesl Jobson ReadingBackdrop at Jozi Spoken Word FestivalFriday evening was the main event of the vibrant four-day long Jozi Spoken Word Festival. It started with the joint book launch of Botsotso 15 and Liesl Jobson’s View from an Escalator. This debut poetry collection was the recipient of a generous Community Publishing Project Grant from the Centre for the Book and the NLSA, and is a co-publication with Botsotso.

The event in the Wits Amphitheatre was well attended by Joburg poetry lovers. Performers read against a spectacular backdrop – a painting which spread across the stage had been curated by Lionel Murcott and co-created with Juanita Frier and Conrad van Straten during the previous evening’s Women’s Month festivities.
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