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A Return to Nature  –Troydon Wainwright;  and ‘dust devils all the way to bloemfontein’ – Thandi Sliepen

A Return To Nature is a journey into the wonders of nature and the depths of human nature. Featuring two dynamic poets and poems that both inspire and the challenge the audience, A Return To Nature is a must see for all poetry lovers.

Troydon Wainwright is a published writer based in Cape Town. He has won a Nova Award and has been published in New Contrast and the Best New African Poets compilation and elsewhere. He has been the feature poet at the Off the Wall and Cape Town Central Library readings. He has self published one of his first collection of poetry, Fires In Heaven which is available on e-book on Amazon. One of his Facebook posts went viral and he has a website (www.troydonwainwright.com) and a Youtube channel called T-Works TV (www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2FLbTawJpa7TqGZ-PGdyg).

Thandi Sliepen

‘dust devils all the way to bloemfontein’

Self taught painter, sculptor, poet and inspired gardener Thandi Sliepen is based in the Eastern Free State and currently lives in Ladybrand with her two home schooling teenage children.

“Poetry was my first love and it has been pouring through me for 30 years. My first and only printed collection so far ‘the turtle dove told me ‘ was published by Modjaji books and won a SALA in 2014. I have a huge backlog of words to share, reminding me of ‘Going Postal’ by Terry Pratchett- a dusty cavernous Post office with a mountain of shifting, whispering unsent letters.”

In this, Thandi’s first ever poetry festival presence she will be exploring our moon. Stringing together poems written over the years wherein the moon appears like a thread linking one moonlit poem to the next. In the second part of her reading she will present recent work from the vantage of a farmhouse in the Free state, impressions of veld, fleeting lives and dust.

Venue: Chalice at Temenos

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