Local writer comes home for Elsies River launch


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Shirmoney Rhode
Shirmoney Rhode

Acclaimed poet Shirmoney Rhode from Elsies River has performed at events across SA but was determined to have a local launch of her debut book.

Shirmoney is a writer and poet who has performed her work at international festivals such as the Open Book Festival and Prince Albert Leesfees. Born and raised in Elsies River, her first collection is published by Modjaji Books and is titled Nomme 20 Delphistraat, a reference to where she grew up. She will have an Elsies River launch of the book on Thursday 1 December at the Elsies River Library from 6 to 8pm.

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Shirmoney writes predominantly in Kaapse Afrikaans and is passionate about telling the stories of people in her community. Nomme 20 Delphistraat is a compilation of her work, which is inspired by the people of Elsies River.

“I am honoured to be returning home to Elsies River for a launch of my debut collection of poetry,” says Shirmoney. “It is the stories, heritage and people who have inspired my writing so I very much wanted to share it with them. At an early stage of my writing, I also completed a creative writing course with local NPO ComArt, which further boosted by interest in expression of identity through the written word. I also hope that my book may inspire others to write and share their own stories.”

Shirmoney started writing at the age of 13 and participated in a creative writing course organised by Elsies River NPO ComArt in partnership with the Western Cape Language Committee. She completed her BA, BA-Hon (Afrikaans) and PGCE at the University Of the Western Cape and her poetry is included in 7de Reenboog, a compilation put together by Floris Brown. Shirmoney is currently teaching Afrikaans at Claremont High School in Cape Town.

Celebrated writer, poet and storyteller Diana Ferrus, comments, ‘Shirmoney Rhode…. vlek die lewe op die Vlakte tot op die been oop en haal die mooi, die vuil en die seer daaruit.’

ComArt is an NPO based in Elsies River providing access to creative and performance arts training and resources as vehicle to promote community growth, development and nation building.

The Elsies River launch of Shirmoney Rhode’s Nomme 20 Delphistraat, will take place on Thursday 1 December at the Elsies River Library, Halt Rd, Elsies River from 6pm to 8pm. Books will be on sale and cost R150. Entrance to the event is free. For further information visit her Poetry by Shirmoney page on Facebook.


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