In partnership with Soweto Theatre, Poetic Thursdays brings you the top 3 finalists of the 2018 Sol Plaatje EU poetry anthology.
The poetry evening and launch of Jacana Media’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology, in honour of Heritage Month, takes place on 27 September at 20:00 at the Soweto Theatre. Admission: R30 online, R50 at the door.
The anthology shortlists young poets from all over South Africa who write and perform their poetry in their mother tongue. It features and publishes their work as a means of diversifying and celebrating the contemporary faces of South African poetry. The three writers/poets shortlisted are Bukelani Shangase, Albert Ntombela and Mushayathoni Nwovhe. In collaboration, Poetic Thursdays will headline a further three writers, Sabelo Soko, Hazel Tobo and Makhafula Vilakazi, all household names in poetry circles.
Sabelo Soko’s second album, ‘Umkhondo’, is one of the most acclaimed contemporary poetry releases of 2018. It has headlined at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Mpumalanga and Joburg, and now it is Soweto’s turn to hear from the esteemed poet.
Hazel Tobo is on the verge of releasing her second poetry collection in Sepedi and English. Her first offering placed her at the forefront of cultural activism within the poetry and theatre space with hearty and sincere work that is easy to connect with. She has headlined Poetry Africa, Word n Sound and the Zimbabwe poetry festival and now returns to the Poetic Thursdays platform.
Makhafula Vilakazi has established himself since the early 2000s with his throat-cutting imagery and passionate display of poetry. His poetry reflects township life, history and the black South African experience at large.