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.


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.

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 ( The book is also available from Loot, Amazon and other online retailers. Jim shares random thoughts and drafts on

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.


She was halved, and found

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


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.
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


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