Dear Poets and Friends of The McGregor Poetry Festival, As most of you are aware, our annual festival has proved to be both very popular and successful. This is undoubtedly due to, not only a passionate and committed committee, but also the warm-hearted and enthusiastic support of our family of poets and performers. Your [...]
We have always wanted to hold the festival in November but chose not to due to the number of other annual events taking place in and around McGregor in November. November’s weather is perfect festival weather with warm days, little wind and no rain. With so many other annual events no longer taking place [...]
Dear Poets and friends of poetry, This year, in spite of uncertain times, we are delighted to announce that we will be proceeding with our ninth year of celebrating the Art of Poetry in McGregor. Our enthusiastic plan is to offer an intimate and heartfelt gathering of poets and poetry lovers. We envisage seven [...]
Joint Winners 2020 Chris Mann for his poem A farewell in advance of death Ilze Olckers for her renderings into Afrikaans of Rumi’s Zero Sirkel, and Rainer Maria Rilke’s Liewe Verdonkerende Grond Acclaim 2020 Lionel Abrahams (1928-2004) for publishing, during the height of apartheid, the poetry of Oswald Mtshali and Mongane Wally Serote, [...]
IT GIVES US GREAT PLEASURE TO PUBLISH THE NAMES AND POEMS OF THE WINNERS OF OUR 2020 LOVE in THE TIME OF COVID POETRY COMPETITION: ADULT CATEGORY First Prize Anthea Garman for her poem When I get out I will order a repeat supermoon Joint first prize Pamela Williams for her poem – Isolation 2nd [...]
POETRY IN McGregor is happy to announce our prize-winners for the Magdala Awards which we initiated last year alongside our Poetry Competition Awards. We are very grateful to Vivian Claire for again sponsoring the awards, given the challenging times so many of us face. The Magdala Awards highlight poetry as a creative practice that awakens the Poet. In [...]
Apologies for the delay in the announcement of the finalists for this year’s competition. The closing date for entries was extended for a few weeks to accommodate teachers who, due to Lockdown, needed more time to inspire their students to write. We are looking forward to welcoming the finalists to our award ceremony at [...]
The 2020 Poetry in McGregor Festival was scheduled to be held during the last weekend of August 28-30. Alas, circumstance prevents what would have been our eighth festival from taking the form of a live event. However, it is with pleasure that we announce the publication of the McGregor Poetry Festival 2019 anthology, which [...]
A reminder to everyone that entries close on the 30th September. No late entries will be considered. Remember that the theme is “ Love in the time of Covid”. Please READ the Terms and Conditions. It is clearly stated that NO CORRESPONDENCE will be entered into.
Due to a request from school teachers who have faced many challenges during Lockdown, we are extending our closing date for competition entries until the 30th September 2020. This applies to the Adult and Youth Categories. Please see our website (www.poetryinmcgregor.co.za) for more Competition details.