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Whose Laureate is it anyway?

The announcement of Prof Mongane Wally Serote as South Africa’s 3rd Poet Laureate has drawn a weird mixture of both praise and ire from poets and some in the literary world. To say the decision to have Ntate Serote as...

Call For Submissions: Poetry Potion 14 (CLOSED)

This is a call for submissions for Poetry Potion 14: This way we salute you. This edition of poetry potion is inspired by the poetry collection ‘This way I salute you’ [Kwela books, 2007] by the late South African Poet Laureate...

Editorial: Inside This Cocoon

"Who I was is not who I am And who I am is not who I will be."  -Myesha Jenkins As poets are prone to do, Myesha Jenkins beautifully describes the process of transformation in her poem, ‘Transformation’. Change is...

Poetry Seen: Word N Sound Awards 3 February 2018

Word N Sound starts its 2018 programme with the highly anticipated #PoetryLeague and #WNSAwards on the 3rd of February. The WNS Awards ceremony seeks to honour excellence in spoken word & literature through categories such as best showcase or the coveted...

Poet Muse: Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile (1938-2018, poet laureate, activist, educator)

Our National poet laureate Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile passed away on the 3rd of January 2018 at the age of 79. Bra Willie, as he was affectionately known, was a world-renowned poet, and political activist. He made an immense contribution to...