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Jozi – Mike Alfred

Mike has lived in Johannesburg for nearly eighty years. He has written about the city as a journalist, poet, biographical essayist and historian. He’s run walking tours through ‘historic Joburg.’ The city has expanded so fast it has left him and others who grew up in the ‘old’ suburbs, gasping. His poetry tries to convey the   dynamism, the excitement and the social panorama.

Mike ‘came’ to poetry in mid-life. Lionel Abrahams helped him find a voice. People such as Gus Ferguson of Carapace, Patricia Schonstein of African Sun and Allan Kolski Horwitz of botsotso, among many others, have helped him publish his work. Now in his late life, leaving behind a career as a Human Resources practitioner he has been able to concentrate on poetry writing , and in two self-published volumes entitled Travels in Geriatrica he explores love, death and some of the basic questions.

Venue: The Poetry-Library at Temenos