Monday, 16 April 2018

Poet Ruben Mowszowski reads Thurs 19 April


Ruben writes -
I  hang  out in a country town near Melbourne, read poems occasionally, compose new stuff with Maxim via the internet. I’ll be reading my  Rockey Street saga, Namaste in full.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Poet Keith Gottschalk reads Thurs 12th April

Keith Gottschalk, author of the collection "Emergency Poems", chairs the team of volunteers running Off the Wall. He also chairs the directors of the literary magazine "New Contrast", and hosts the Lansdowne Local Writers Group. He is also  a member of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, the SA Space Association, & a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

20th CENTURY PHYSICS

Heisenberg felt uncertain.
Planck went all to pieces.
Schrodinger put out a bowl of milk.
Einstein was unperturbed;
he knew it was all relative.

Come & enjoy a poem & slide show flight!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Poet PATRICIA SCHONSTEIN is off-the-wall on Thursday 5th April at A TOUCH OF MADNESS at 7.30pm (19h30)


Patricia Schonstein is a novelist, poet, author of children’s books and curator of anthologies. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UCT and serves on the Poetry in McGregor Committee.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

LIESL JOBSON is OFF-THE-WALL at A Touch of Madness TONIGHT Thursday March 29 @ 7.30pm


Liesl Jobson is a published writer, photographer and musician. She is currently the media officer at Fetola, where she enjoys promoting the success of South African small business owners. A keen rower, she captains the women's crew at Alfreds Rowing Club and lives at Zeekoevlei, where the birds and otters remind her about poetry. She is the author of Ride the Tortoise, 100 Papers, a collection of prose poems and flash fiction that has been translated and published in Italian as Cento strappi and a volume of short stories, View from an Escalator. She has also written three children’s books as a participant in the Book Dash initiative. For fun, she plays the contrabassoon with the Cape Philharmonic when the planets are happily aligned.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

JAN MORAN NEIL reads tonight Wednesday 28th March in Scarborough at Cathy's home (11 Gemsbok).


Jan Moran Neil B.Ed Hons MSt has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. Her poetry collection: Red Lipstick & Revelations is published by Indigo Dreams and she performs her poetry here and in the UK.  She was trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is a widely published and performed playwright on the London Fringe. Her play A President in Waiting …has been performed at the Desmond Tutu HIV Youth Foundation Centre, Masiphumelele, Gugu S’Thebe Theatre, Langa and Masambe, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. Her poetry has been commended and published in many anthologies in the UK and South Africa including New Contrast. (Honourable Mention 2017.)She won Bloomsbury Publishing’s International sonnet competition 2016 judged by Ruth Padel /Royal Society of Literature Review/January 17. Jan runs Creative Ink for Writers and Actors in the UK, is a seasoned swallow married to a Fish Hoekian and has run Fish Hoek Scribblers’ workshops since 2009. www.janmoranneil.co.uk

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

JIM PASCUAL AGUSTIN is Off-the-Wall, THURSDAY 15th MARCH at 7.30pm.


Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates in Filipino and English. He moved to Cape Town in 1994. His work has appeared in RhinoWorld Literature Today andModern Poetry in Translation among others. His eighth book of poetry, Wings of Smoke, was published in 2017 by UK-based independent publisher The Onslaught Press (http://onslaughtpress.com/product/wings-of-smoke/). The book is also available from Loot, Amazon and other online retailers. Jim shares random thoughts and drafts on www.matangmanok.wordpress.com.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Poet KOBUS MOOLMAN is off-the-wall on Thursday 8th MARCH at A TOUCH OF MADNESS at 7.30pm (19h30)



Kobus Moolman was born in Pietermaritzburg. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Western Cape, and lives with his wife in the Riebeek Valley.
He has published seven collections of poetry, two collections of plays, and edited a collection of poetry, prose and art by South African writers living with disabilities. He has won numerous local and international awards for his work, including most recently the 2015 Glenna Luschei Award for African Poetry for his collection A Book of Rooms. He was also guest editor of the first special issue of a South African journal dedicated entirely to the teaching of creating writing, Current Writing. His first collection of short fiction, The Swimming Lesson and other stories, was published earlier this year. He has also recently edited a special issue on contemporary South African poetry for the American journal, Illuminations. His poems and stories reveal his growing focus on the body and on issues of disability.
Kobus will be reading from his award-winning collection, A Book of Rooms (deep south, 2015). Copies of some of his books will be on sale.



Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Poet DIANE AWERBUCK is off-the-wall on Thursday 1st March at A TOUCH OF MADNESS at 7.30pm (19h30)


Diane Awerbuck is a teacher, writer and reviewer. Her most recent novel is the high-brow horror, Home Remedies. As Frank Owen, she also writes apocalypse survival guides with Alex Latimer: their novel North is due out in December. She is currently working on a short story collection about sex and death - in that order. 


Amongst other forms, Diane is into haiku. I hope she'll bring copies for you to buy.


Here's an example.


Taste

She was halved, and found

the star inside the apple.
No one thanks the snake.

Featherweight


Heaven is highly organised: 

The angel belt is closest to earth.
You teach me the first names
of the cherubim and seraphim,
of everything high and low.
Now there is a thin coating of your saliva between
this world and the next:
everything blessed;
everything charged.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Dawn Garisch - Off-the-Wall this Thursday 22 February 2018

Dawn Garisch has had six novels, a collection of poetry, a non-fiction work and a memoir published. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines. She has had two plays and short film produced, and has written for television and newspapers. Three of her novels have been published in the UK. In 2007 her poem Blood Delta was awarded the DALRO prize. In 2010 Trespass was short-listed for the Commonwealth prize in Africa, and in 2011 her poem Miracle won the EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award. In 2013 her short story What To Do About Ricky won the Short.Sharp.Story competition. Her latest novel Accident was published by Modjaji (2017). Her third play To Get To The Moon will be on at The Masque from 14th to 24th March. She is engaged in medical humanity initiatives and is a founding member of the Life Righting Collective. She teaches memoir writing to assist participants to heal from past trauma, and to promote compassion, community cohesion and more effective communication. She is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.
Links
Dawn Garisch's Blog
Dawn Garisch at Books Live

Dawn reads regularly in public (and in private to be sure.) And she loves to dance, and hike. I've the privilege to count her among my friends. Don't miss the chance to enjoy her words - visceral to be sure.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Scarborough 10th Jan Gig at Cathy's place

Laverne Schwimmbacher was our guest. Despite the trial of a puncture on her way to Scarbs, Laverne entertained us with poems from her chapbook.
In the open mike we had readings from Cathy, Mandy, Ash, Julia, Oliver, Doug, David and Hugh. Next gig is at Hugh's place on 24th January.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

First Gig of 2018

Guest

Frances Thompson who's visiting Cape Town is an Irish poet who lives in south west England. I heard her read at a small gathering in Kalk Bay. You'll enjoy her poems. She's not here long, so take yourself to A Touch of Madness to enjoy her voice and wisdom. Bring something of your own for her to enjoy.

Open mike as usual.
Always, Hugh

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Emi Mahmoud to perform at A Touch of Madness on Thursday 19th January

Emi Mahmoud is the reigning 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2016 Woman of the World co-Champion. One of BBC's 100 Most Inspirational Women of 2015, Emi studied Anthropology and Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology at Yale University and is a Darfur native from the heart of Philadelphia. A UNHCR High Profile Supporter, a Yale Global Health Fellow and Leonore Annenberg Scholar, Emi dedicates her time to spreading understanding through poetry and advocacy, particularly for the cause of refugees and disadvantaged communities. A TedMed 2016 speaker, Emi has part-taken in multiple White House round-table discussions, including a session with President Obama, and has presented at multiple United Nations events, opening and closing for the Secretary General. Having launched the 100 million for 100 million landmark event alongside the Dalai Lama, Kailash Sathyarthi the President of India, and 12 other laureates and world leaders in New Delhi, Emi now continues to spread understanding through poetry on her world tour. Her book, Sisters' Entrance, is pending release.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Welcome to 2017!

Our guests this week on Wednesday 11th January at 7pm, are Oliver Price reading his favourite villanelles at The Village Hub, Scarborough, and on Thursday at 7.30pm Hugh Hodge reading interesting sonnets at A Touch of Madness, Obz.


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Obz Thursday 8 December - FINAL OTW GIG IN OBZ THIS YEAR

Our guest this week is Finuala Dowling.

Please note this is the last gig in Obz this year. We resume in January.


Biography

Finuala is a poet and novelist with four novels and four poetry collections to her credit. Her poetry collections have won the Ingrid Jonker Prize; the Sanlam prize and the Olive Schreiner Prize.  She has been invited to read her poetry at the Aldeburgh Poetry festival in the UK, in Paris, and at many South African literary festivals.  Several of her private poetry students have gone on to publish their own volumes and to win prizes.

Finuala’s novel Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart won the 2012 MNet prize for fiction. Her fourth novel, The Fetch, won the 2016 Herman Charles Bosman prize.

Finuala divides her time between writing and her role as senior lecturer in the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies at UCT, where one of her main tasks is organising its annual Summer School.



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Obz Thursday 1 December

Our guest this week is Kelwyn Sole.


Kelwyn is De Beers Professor in English Literature at the University of Cape Town, and has published six collections of poetry, as well as being widely anthologised. He has won the Thomas Pringle, Olive Schreiner and Sydney Clouts Prizes for poetry, and has been runner-up for the Noma Award.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Obz Thursday 24th November

Kyle Allan was to read to us this week, but is unable to return from  KZN as scheduled. Instead, our guest this week is Tania Haberland.

Tania is the transcontinental spawn of a Hamburg sailor and an Indian Ocean mermaid. Born in Africa. Raised in Arabia. Miseducated in America.Matured in Europe. Currently sirening in Mauritius.As a poet-artist, she has used words, voice and body to co-create multi media pieces with various practitioners from photographers to drummers, dancers, a glass sculptor and a martial artist. Some of her favourite gigs have included chasing and being chased by cows in Devon, the histrionic character Mademoiselle Violette PompAssage, performing as a sadistic interrogator for the opening of Republic of An Us at the South African National Gallery and singing under a freezing cold shower for 2 weeks every morning in a campsite in Sardinia trying to capture the heart of a new love...


Her first book Hyphen www.uctwriters.co.za/hyphen won the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 2010.
Her second book Other is soon to be released. www.facebook.com/taniahaberland/

Monday, 7 November 2016

Open Mike

We've always had an Open Mike to encourage participation, though listeners are welcome. It's a place to observe the first tentative moments in a poet's public life. Some dive straight in, others - like me - get one toe wet first and, if they survive that, they are set for life, the life of the poet.

The Open Mike is invariably after the break at the end of the guest poet's performance. Sometimes the guest stays on to enjoy and encourage. Often there's quite a number who'd like to read their own stuff or favourite poems of renown or obscurity. If the list is long we ask poets to restrict themselves to two or at most three short poems. This so everybody gets a chance to read or recite. If in doubt, ask the host if you want to read more than three poems. Be gracious if you are refused extra, and be gracious if you are not.

Off the Wall has been called a safe place. It is. It is not a slam. It's available to all. The great and the unknown read here. It's about poetry before ego.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Week of Thursday 10th November

This week we host Geoff Haresnape. I suspect we'll hear from either Erasmus Eyeball or Dr Severance Package. That's on Thursday at A Touch of Madness. At 7.30pm.

On Wednesday (9th November at 6.30pm) at The Village Hub, Scarborough, the redoubtable Open Mike reads to us at the monthly gig every second Wednesday.

See you there.

Restarting the Blog

I've spent a few hours weeding the blog's garden. The plan is to introduce new blooms yet keeping the verges tidy. And adding new colour.
Let me know, if you think I need to change or fix, or improve things.

Then I'm hoping to add news. And maybe a view of gigs done and dusted. And tasters of ones coming up.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

How do you get to be a guest poet at Off the Wall Poetry Performing?

We invite you.

If you are:
  • an established poet, or
  • an emerging poet we have noted, and
  • we know you, and
  • we think you are good enough and
  • we know you have enough material to prepare a good and balanced programme of approximately half an hour,
...then we'll put you on the list of potential invitees.

We strongly encourage you to make yourself known to us via our weekly open-mic session.

If you believe you are a potential guest-poet whom we have overlooked, please make yourself known to us by e-mailing “Off the Wall Poetry” <offthewallpoetry at gmail dot com>.  This will not guarantee an invitation, and an invitation will not guarantee a date.  It is not a good strategy for you to emerge from nowhere at short notice, expecting and demanding a slot.

We are not a pulpit for religious proselytisers.

We are not an on-demand launch venue for CDs.

Our guest-poet list is arranged in advance, so we cannot guarantee that a particular date will be available for a particular poet.  We seek, within reason, to accommodate everyone, but not to the point where we abuse the good nature of other guest poets by repeatedly re-scheduling them.


Off the Wall Poetry Performing is a POETRY gig

As its name implies, Off the Wall Poetry Performing is a poetry gig — that is, not a music gig.

Now and again, we veer off into other forms of spoken word, such as story-telling, and poems are occasionally supported or accompanied by music, but the predominant theme is poetry.

Off the Wall Poetry Performing is therefore not an appropriate venue for music gigs, for which other venues exist.


Friday, 7 September 2012

Off the Wall – Poetry Reading

When

Every Thursday, except public holidays if the venue is closed, at 7.30pm. Poetry takes a vacation, too, for about four weeks over Christmas.  Check the calendar, above right.

Where

The Lounge
A Touch of Madness
12 Nuttall Road
Observatory
Cape Town
(Check the map, above right.)

Entrance

Free - a donation is good.

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