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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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Call for Submissions: Poetry about Eviction & Homelessness

Red Ants Poetry

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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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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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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Notes from Jobson and Horwitz “Short” Launch in Johannesburg

Liesl Jobson & Allan Kolski Horwitz“New trends in the South African short story” was the topic for a panel discussion that saw a lively exchange between Harry Kalmer, Veronique Tadjo, myself and Liesl Jobson at the Wits Writing Centre last week. The discussion was attended by writing students, family and friends, and preceded the launch of Out of the Wreckage and 100 Papers. The books explore the short-short story – that phenomenon known variously as flash fiction, microfiction, vignette or postcard stories.

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New Publication: Botsotso 14

Botsotso 14, a new journal of poetry, fiction, graphics, essays and reviews containing the work of over 50 writers and artists, with special focus on the Art for Humanity “Woman and Child” project which featured 15 pairs of women poets and artists.

Copies are available direct from the publisher.

Please contact for ordering information.

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Visit Botsotso Home for *new poetry*

Visit the Botsotso home page for new poetry by Thuto Mako, Vonani Bila, Martin Jacklin, Jodi-Anne Williams, Stanley Kenani and Abotseng Lekalake

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Botsotso invites you to a Spoken Word event

Featuring: The Khoi Khonnexion, Gamakhulu Diniso, Peter Horn, Mphutlane wa Bofelo, Nomkhubulwane, Mark Espin, Bongekile Mbanjwa, Farouk Asvat, Baitse Mokiti, Mike Alfred, Gift, Zweshfikush, Lionel Murcott, Aviwe Damane, Abigail Mogale and Botsotso Jesters.

The Spoken Word perfomances will be followed by the launch of Botsotso 14, a journal of poetry, fiction, graphics, essays and reviews containing the work of over 50 writers and artists, with special focus on the Art for Humanity “Woman and Child” project which featured 15 pairs of women poets and artists.

Here are the details:


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Visit Botsotso Home for new poetry & fiction

Visit the Botsotso home page for new poetry by Carol Leff, Onalenna Jantjie, Abbey Khambule, Nozipho Madlala, Sjaka S. Septembir and new fiction by Hlegiwe Mnguni!

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The British Council’s New Writing website

The British Council’s New Writing website is now live. The theme for this month’s focus is Writers on Writing, which examines the inner workings of a writer’s mind as two authors discuss the highs and lows of what it takes to be a writer.

Ursula Holden’s account of her writing career is inspirational and a homage to her strength and determination. She sent her first novel to over 40 publishers without finding a home for it; her second novel was accepted by Carcanet Press but lack of money prevented publication and it was only when her work was finally picked up by the late Alan Ross of London Magazine that she was finally published. ‘Write at Your Own Peril’ is an engaging and powerful piece of writing that combines personal memoir with the joys and pains of writing for a living.


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