Salone Hecate's palette cleanser

It’s Salon Hecate’s first event of the year and everyone is welcome! Please join us at our “Palette Cleanser” poetry event: our fresh start to 2023. We’re excited to be hosting a launch for Nondwe Mpuma’s collection of poems, Peach Country (uHlanga Books 2022); and Christine Coates’s The Summer We Didn’t Die (Modjaji 2020).

Peach Country is Nondwe’s first book, and The Summer We Didn’t Die emerged during lockdown -both deserve to be properly welcomed. Both are works of rich celebration: they honour family ties, the deep pull and rhythm of local landscapes, and the need to look back to the past to make sense of the future. The authors will read from their collections, and be available to sign their books.

Nondwe Mpuma was born in 1995 in the rural Eastern Cape, and lives in Cape Town. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Western Cape, where she also lectures. Her poems have been widely published in literary journals, and she has performed at numerous local book festivals and events. She is one of the organisers of The Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Society.

Christine Coates has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her poems and short stories have been published in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies. She has published four poetry collections: Homegrown (which received an honourable mention from the Glenna Luschei Prize); Fire Drought Water; The summer We Didn’t die, and Red Letter Days. She lives in Tokai.

Date and time: 16 January, 5.30 for 6pm.

This promises to be a sparkling start to the new year. Come and join us for beautiful words and a glass of wine.

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