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A gripping historical novel or a new collection of poetry will take your mind off the burning heat, writes Jane Rosenthal. Summer is set to be very hot and dry, and this after a momentous year politically, socially and financially for most of us. So, find a cool spot and dive into a satisfying book, for now is a good time to read, especially fiction in which we try to

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Lesego Rampolokeng’s latest collection reveals a poet who is ­adept at harsh, harrowing ­imagery and flights of sonic beauty, writes Gwen Ansell. A HALF CENTURY THING by Lesego Rampolokeng (Black Ghost Press) Back then, in the Horns for Hondo days, it would have been as hard to imagine Lesego Rampolokeng as a 50-year-old elder statesman of South African literature

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Following the success of her debut solo poetry show in February, Siphokazi Jonas will present her new production, Around the Fire, on Saturday, 25 July, at The Warehouse, 12 Plantation Road in Wetton. The UCT graduate, and former Queenstown local, holds a Masters degree in English literature, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and English. “This is not

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Poetry lovers will have a feast at this year's Franschhoek Literary Festival 2015 with 15 poetry events – for every possible taste – spread over three days. Far from being the lesser literary cousin of the novel, the form's popularity seems to increase year after year, lending itself, as it does, generously to both quiet reading and reading aloud. A host of

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The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA) and Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host the launch of Age is a Beautiful Phase (2nd ed) by esteemed South African poet, James Matthews. James Matthews, called everything from “legend” to a “die hard dissident”, is a profound thinker and writer. He is renowned for

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Performance poet Khadija Heeger puts songs at the heart of her relationship to language. Born and raised on the Cape Flats, her work shuns linguistic and symbolic conventions to create a poetic landscape that is alive with the contemporary yet also ­connected to a broader history rooted in the ancient tradition of griots. In her debut collection of poems, Beyond the

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A conceptually explosive poetry event will take place on the Spier wine estate outside Stellenbosch on May 10 and 11, reports Leon de Kock. Dancing in Other Words includes a week-long, closed-door deliberation among poets and writers from many parts of the globe. The festival will culminate in open sessions, including both intensive discussions and expertly directed

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