‘The sound of water’ Designing the 2018 Poetry Poster I was inspired by Billy’s statement that the Japanese language has 40 different names for water – how poetic. Another inspiration was finding a bookmark with the words ‘The Poetry of Water’ in a secondhand book store. Finding the poetic in water is not difficult. [...]
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Save the date! The next Poetry in McGregor Festival weekend will take place from the 24th to 26th of August 2018. We highly recommend that you book your accommodation now. http://mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za/where_to_stay/ for options.
The MAC Project had great pleasure this week in welcoming 7 “Adventures For Love” ladies from Johannesburg and Cape Town who came to do a classroom make-over at The Byekorf Creche in McGregor. The Mac Project team assisted in preparing the walls and clearing the room on Thursday so that when the AFL ladies [...]
On Wednesday morning, 20 September, Poetry in McGregor hosted an event at Robertson Correctional Facility. Adrian Van Wyk was contacted and agreed to bring a group up to perform for the inmates. He was accompanied by fellow poets Daniel, Alison and Jethro this morning. Over 200 inmates crowded into the venue for an absolutely [...]
Presenting copies of the McGregor 2016 Anthology to Fundza, to be enjoyed by the young people they work with James Matthews receives the Patricia Schonstein Poetry in McGregor Award 2016 for his Lifetime Achievement in Poetry.
This year we decided to run a Haiku competition. The Haiku had to be written on the second day of the weekend, Saturday 26th August, and dropped into a box in the Temenos garden. Approximately 100 entries were received, and Hugh Hodge was given the task of identifying a winning entry, which would receive [...]
Once again we ran a competition for previously unpublished poets. This year we decided to ask poets to write around a theme. In English the theme was Poetry against Poverty. In Afrikaans die tema was Poesie as Hartskos.The adult response was excellent, but the number of responses in the school category was disappointing. I [...]
Last Friday, 25th August, the Schools’ Programme for the Poetry in McGregor weekend was held in the NG Kerk in McGregor. Approximately 700 schoolchildren from schools in our area descended on the village for a morning of entertainment. The children are mainly primary schoolers, and the event is a rare opportunity for them to [...]
As winter fades, and spring takes hold, the month of October invites us to turn the soil of our imagination, and to plant more of what we want in life. If writing, stories, and poetry are among those things, then spend the weekend 13 – 15 October 2017, in the village of McGregor, writing [...]
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the inaugural “Patricia Schonstein Poetry in McGregor Award”. Since our first festival of 2013, participating poets have shared inspired and inspiring works through their readings. Each year we have compiled an anthology to honour the presenting poets; to grant longevity to the festival [...]