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Poetry

Day 1 - 19 March 2022 

MC: Allan Kolski Horwitz

IKE MBONENI MUILA

Ike Muila’s first poetry performances were between 1988 and 1990 with the Madimba music students at the Soyinkwa Institute of African Theatre in Soweto. Since then he has performed at numerous festivals such as Grahamstown, Arts Alive, Herman Charles Bosman, Berlin International Poetry and Cambridge Contemporary Poetry. In 1998 he won a poetry translation award from the English Academy of Southern Africa. A member of the Botsotso Jesters poetry performance group, he is presently on the editorial board of the Botsotso Publishers Collective.

SIPHIWE KA NGWENYA

Siphiwe Ka Ngwenya was born in Soweto in 1964.  He is a writer, theatre director and performer.  He has a diploma in Speech and Drama from Fuba Academy.  He organizes poetry readings in Johannesburg under the auspices of Timbila Poetry Project and the Jozi Book Club.  A selection of his poetry was published in the 1992 anthology, Essential Things. Ngwenya has performed internationally in countries as diverse as Denmark and Pakistan. A collection of his poems, Soul Fire Experience was published in 2005 by Botsotso Publishing.

ALLAN KOLSKI HORWITZ

Allan Kolski Horwitz grew up in Cape Town where he studied political philosophy and literature. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to South Africa in 1986 when he worked in the trade unions as an organizer and educator. He is a member of the Botsotso Jesters, Botsotso Publishing and the Botsotso Theatre Ensemble. He has published several collections of poetry and short fiction and written and directed several of his plays.