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Writing green: can art (including poetry) save our planet? – Helen Moffett

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There is no doubt that we humans have done our planet serious, if not irreparable damage, and that the ongoing water crisis we face is a result, among other things, of catastrophic climate change. But what can we do with mere words on a page? Can poetry help at all? A reading of poetry (mine and others) that reflects the eco-spiritual principle of caring for the earth.

Helen Moffett is an author, editor, academic and activist. She has lectured around the world, but calls Cape Town home. Her publications include university textbooks, academic writings, a treasury of landscape writings (Lovely Beyond Any Singing), a cricket book (with the late Bob Woolmer and Tim Noakes), an animal charity anthology (Stray, with Diane Awerbuck) and the Girl Walks In erotica series. She has also published two poetry collections – Strange Fruit (Modjaji Books) and Prunings (uHlanga Press), with a third forthcoming. Recent projects include the Short Story Day Africa anthologies, Migrations and ID, a memoir of Rape Crisis, and a book on managing the water crisis – 101 Water Wise Ways.

Venue: McGregor Backpackers