Current Newsletter No. 37, July 2018
I made it again, by the proverbial skin of my teeth, on the last day of this month. This did not leave any time for our valued proofreader Mari de Beer to do her work - please blame me for any errors, typographical or otherwise, in this month's newsletter.
Errors and time-pressure aside, I trust that you will nevertheless enjoy this month's offerings. The rather chatty editorial, Privacy and the Writer, invites, I would hope, debate - I look forward to your responses.
Two experienced poets - Leslie Howard from Barrydale and Lionel Murcott from Johannesburg - share a selection of their award-winning writing. May their cadences and vibrant images inspire you.
I've included a poem of my own to commemorate the anniversary of Norman's death; a brief comment on poetic craftsmanship will hopefully be useful to you. Coincidentally, I was couriered a copy of a second edition of Voices of this land, published by Van Schaik's, in the week of that anniversary; the new edition contains one of Norman's poems as well as poems by many other, younger and still living writers building on the tradition of Pringle, Schreiner, Dhlomo and Campbell - it's an anthology bound to be used at educational institutions for years to come. It may interest you that Norman's poem in that collection, Crab, was previously entitled Homo Ludens when he first published it in his collection, God's Spies, and dedicated it to his friend John van Wyngaard.
Do click on the links given on the Notice Board to enjoy S'ma Simangele Khanyile's whacky and thought-provoking little piece of theatre; as well as my address to my readers on a YouTube clip filmed once again by Riccardo Magnanini, complementing my words with his poetic eye.
The events report-back section is for now but an overview - I hope to provide you with a better idea next month of how the Hogsback Winter Celebration writing workshops went.
Yours in fellowship