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the shores of years – Book launch by Archie Swanson; and Messages from the Bees – Robin Winckel

Archie Swanson’s poetry was first published in 1973 in English Alive, an anthology of South African high school creative writing. His poems have been published in Stanzas, New Contrast and the Best New African Poetry anthologies as well as the anthologies  – Experimental Writing: Africa vs Latin America, Africa vs North America and Africa vs Asia (two poems in Japanese). They also appear in Patricia Schonstein’s Africa! anthologies and in 2019 were published on the AVBOB Poetry Competition website. Three of his poems were translated by Spanish poet López-Vega and published in the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo as well as the Bolivian newspaper Correo Del Sur. Poems have been longlisted for the Sol Plaatje Award and shortlisted for the UK Bridport Prize. The poem déjà vu was the inspiration for a Grant McLachlan composition in seven movements for clarinet, violin and piano recently performed at the Baxter Concert Hall in May 2019. Archie serves on the Board of the SA Literary Journal. He has an M Agric Admin from the University of Stellenbosch. For years he has been involved in the fruit export industry and he is a lifelong surfer. His first collection of poems, the stretching of my sky, was published in 2018 and this year’s McGregor Poetry Festival sees the launch of his second collection – the shores of years.

Robin Winckel-Mellish will be reading from her latest collection of poems: Messages from the Bees in which she questions both the light and dark side of life; particularly the unseen, using the far side of the moon as metaphor. South-African born Robin Winckel-Mellish lives in the Netherlands and runs a poetry group in Amsterdam. She has published two poetry collections: A Lioness at my Heels and Messages from the Bees (Modjaji Books).

Venue: Veritas at Temenos

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