Salon Hecate is all about different kinds of dialogue, especially between artists and their art. For May Day Monday, we have something very special: two award-winning poets reading their poems and talking about their mentoring relationship — Kobus supervised Sindiswa’s PhD in Creative Writing. This is going to be a fascinating discussion, and it provides an excellent way for you to end your long weekend on a high point.
Date and time: 1 May, 5.30 for 6pm. Entrance is free, and all are welcome to join us for a glass of wine and a small snack. Kobus might be hand-selling some of his books (remember that a signed book makes for a very special gift), so bring cash if you’re interested.
About the poets
Sindiswa is a poet from Durban. She is a lecturer in the Department of English Literary Studies at the University of Cape Town. She has published a variety of poems in local and international poetry journals, and her debut poetry collection, Loud and Yellow Laughter (Botsotso), won the 2018 Ingrid Jonker prize for poetry.
Kobus is a poet, playwright and short story writer who has taught creative writing at the University of the Western Cape (where he is an Associate Professor) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has published eight poetry collections, with his debut, Time like Stone, winning the Ingrid Jonker Prize for 2001. He edited the collection Tilling the Hard Soil: Poetry and Prose by South African Writers Living with Disabilities (UKZN Press, 2010).
Salon Hecate was ahead of the curve when we (re)launched veteran poet Keith Gottschalk’s 2020 collection, Cosmonauts Do It In Heaven at the gallery a month ago. We have since heard the wonderful news that Keith is to be honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by the Presidency, for a lifetime of poetry and performances. We’re thrilled that he has been recognised this way, and congratulate him heartily.