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#01 FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT

Caritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor, Western Cape

The launch of the 2020 Anthology, the announcement of competition prizes and a celebration of the poets who left us in 2020. @ Caritas at Temenos booking essential Book your seat at info@poetryinmcgregor.co.za        

#02 POEMS ON THE THEME

Caritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: Nondwe Mpuma (E) Malika Ndlovu (E) Lara Kirsten (E&A) MC: Ashley Dowds @ Caritas at Temenos SOLD OUT      

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#03 DRYAD POETS

Wahnfried 27 Bree Street, McGregor, Western Cape

Listen to poets from the Dryad Press Living Poets Series in conversation with Michèle Betty read from their work. Poets: Michèle Betty (E) Brian Walter (E) Kobus Moolman (E) Simon van Schalkwyk (E) MC: Michèle Betty @ Wahnfried Sold Out    

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#04 TAKE ROOT, AND WAIT THE POET AS GARDENER

Wisdom School 1 Church Street, McGregor, Western Cape

Entering the garden…..the garden enters us. This poetry writing course supports us to connect with and inhabit our animal bodies in the natural setting of Temenos. Through deep attention, we will cultivate an appreciation of the small and undervalued aspects on which all life rests. Poets: Dawn Garisch Writing workshop in the CLASSROOM @ Wisdom [...]

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#05 FOUR SEASONS IN THE GARDEN OF THE BELOVED WITH MARY OLIVER

Veritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor

FOUR SEASONS IN THE GARDEN OF THE BELOVED WITH MARY OLIVER VIER SESOENE IN DIE TUIN VAN DIE BEMINDE MET MARY OLIVER Mary Oliver was first and foremost considered a nature poet. Yet she always brought to her poetry about the natural world intimacy, awe, devotion, kinship, and ‘instructions for living a life’. Sandra reads [...]

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#06 BOOK LAUNCH

The Poetry Library at Temenos 74 Voortrekker St, McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: Archie Swanson: beyond a distant edge Sue Woodward: between the apple and the bite @ The Poetry Library at Temenos

FREE

#07 BOOK LAUNCH

McGregor Backpackers 34 Bree St, McGregor

Jim Phelps of Echoing Green Press presents GRIPSCAPES: Newly Selected Poems of Norman Morrissey, Edited by John van Wyngaard @ McGregor Backpackers

FREE

#08 ONS KLYNTJI UNITE!

Caritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor, Western Cape

Ons Klyntji is a multilingual zine celebrating poetry from all over Africa. This show features dynamic readings by award-winning authors. Danie Marais (A) Sindi Busuku (E) Tom Dreyer (A) Churchil Naudé (A) Jennifer Pape (A) Curtley Jones (A) Andrew Stuart-Watson (E) MC: Danie Marais @ Caritas at Temenos SOLD OUT    

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#09 POEMS ON THE THEME

Wahnfried 27 Bree Street, McGregor, Western Cape

INDIVIDUAL POETS: Harry Owen (E) Christine Coates (E) GROUP OF POETS (E): A Garden of Earthly Delights…. And Verse. For the last year or so we’ve been under threat of Covid-19 and its attendant lockdown. Unable to move far afield, we have taken refuge in our own spaces, especially our gardens. We will present a [...]

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#10 NEW BODY OF WORK

Veritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor

INDIVIDUAL POETS: Mike Alfred (E) Robin Winkel-Mellish (E) Dorian Haarhof (E) GROUP OF POETS: The Poetry of Nature Carri Kuhn Clare Manicom MC: Patricia Schonstein @ Veritas at Temenos Sold Out    

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#11 BOOK LAUNCH

McGregor Backpackers 34 Bree St, McGregor

Poets: Lois Henderson: Poems of a West Coast Pariah: Modern Haiku 1 Keith Gottschalk: Cosmonauts do it in Heaven @ McGregor Backpackers

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#12 GROUP EXPERIMENTAL POEM – LIVE

Wisdom School 1 Church Street, McGregor, Western Cape

Experience creating group poems using an experimental method. Learn how to use this method to stimulate creativity. Juli Jana Writing workshop @ Wisdom School CLASSROOM Book Your Ticket Here    

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#14 NEW BODY OF WORK

Wahnfried 27 Bree Street, McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: Melissa Sussens (E) Chris Ahrends (E) Zama Madinana (E) Lerato Sibanda (E) Benjamin Mmari (E) Jana van Niekerk (E) MC: Lara Kirsten @ Wahnfried SOLD OUT    

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#15 MYSTICAL POEMS FROM THE GARDEN OF THE BELOVED

Veritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor

Poets: Jane De Sousa (E) Andrew Renard (E) Laverne Schwimmbacher (E) Julia Casciola (E) Kath Higgens (E) Patricia Schonstein (E) MC: Dorian Haarhof @ Veritas at Temenos Sold Out    

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#16 BOOK LAUNCH

Caritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: Dimakatso Sedite: Yellow Shade Malika Ndlovu will be hosting the event @ Caritas at Temenos booking essential Book Your Ticket Here    

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#17 BOOK LAUNCH

McGregor Backpackers 34 Bree St, McGregor

Poets: Jacques Coetzee: An Illuminated Darkness Ecca Poets Anthology: Alles Is Anders @ McGregor Backpackers

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#19 BOOK LAUNCH

The Poetry Library at Temenos 74 Voortrekker St, McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: Zama Madinana: Water and Lights @ The Poetry Library at Temenos

FREE

#18 RED WHEELBARROW OPEN MIC

Wisdom School 1 Church Street, McGregor, Western Cape

MC: RED WHEELBARROW Headliner Poet: Alison Westwood @ Wisdom School

FREE

#20 POEMS ON THE THEME

Caritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: MCM Art & Culture School (A) Gaireyah Fredericks Rachel Davids Duane Miller Laverne Davey   Die Mengelmoes Digters (A) Soos bloeisels…. Like blossoms Merle Danhouse Theresa Carstens Diana Ferrus Naidene Lottering Jadrick Pedro-Koopman   MC: Willem Fransman Jr @ Caritas at Temenos Book Your Ticket Here    

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#21 POEMS ON THE THEME

Wahnfried 27 Bree Street, McGregor, Western Cape

INDIVIDUAL POETS: Thandi Sliepen (E) Lana Hunneyball (E) Lois Henderson (E) Yvonne Sliep (E)   GROUP OF POETS (E): Love Is A Garden Worth Tending This joint performance through an analysis of shared poems explores how the poets navigate endings and beginnings, loss and grief, COVID, a reawakening of self and other, a tending of [...]

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#22 MYSTICAL POEMS FROM THE GARDEN OF THE BELOVED

Veritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor

Kris Marais (E) Dorian Haarhof (E) Galeo Saintz (E) MC: Jane De Sousa @ Veritas at Temenos Book Your Ticket Here    

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#25 REMEMBERING CANDY ROHDE IN THE GARDEN OF THE BELOVED

Veritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor

Readings of Candy Rohde’s poetry in memory of a life well lived. Candy Rohde left the US in 1968 to live and worked for fifty years in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Haiti, India, and South Africa. Her poems appear in South African journals and anthologies. Her two poetry collections are Torches in Shadows and Beyond the Devil's [...]

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#26 KARAVAN POETS

Caritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: Dawn Garisch Stephen Symons Justin Fox MC: Karina Magdelina (Karavan Press) @ Caritas at Temenos Book Your Ticket Here    

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#27 NEW BODY OF WORK

Wahnfried 27 Bree Street, McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: Elisa Galgut Jacques Coetzee Sue Woodward Eduard Burle Quinne Brown Huffman Archie Swanson MC: Kris Marais @ Wahnfried Book Your Ticket Here    

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#28 BOOK LAUNCH

The Poetry Library at Temenos 74 Voortrekker St, McGregor, Western Cape

Poets: Dawn Garisch: Difficult Gifts Harry Owen: Coming Home: poems of the Grahamstown diaspora @ The Poetry Library at Temenos

FREE

#29 BOOK LAUNCH

McGregor Backpackers 34 Bree St, McGregor

DRYAD POETS Chris Mann: Palimpsets   @ McGregor Backpackers

FREE

#30 SEEING BEYOND WORDS

Wahnfried 27 Bree Street, McGregor, Western Cape

Seeing Beyond Words is the filmic impressions of the poets’ expressions. A visual (video format) representation of poetry written by McGregor youth, some of which has been published in the McGregor Poetry Anthology. This is a collaboration with published and unpublished McGregor youth poets and a local youth film crew in training working creatively to [...]

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#31 EDEN AT TEMENOS A JOURNEY OF SOUND AND WORD

Veritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor

Using a selection of Ashley’s own poetry, along with the work of poets such as the naturalist Robert MacFarlane and South African poets, Douglas Livingstone and Chris ‘Zithulile’ Mann, the two will present a meditative experience, which engages the sense of imagination and ‘self-in ’nature’. Ashley Dowds Quentin Dibbley-Green @ Veritas at Temenos Sold Out [...]

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# 32 HUGH HODGE OPEN MIC

Wisdom School 1 Church Street, McGregor, Western Cape

MC: Patricia Schonstein Headliner Poet: Kathryn Hounsell @ Wisdom School

FREE

#33 POEMS ON THE THEME

Caritas at Temenos Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St., McGregor, Western Cape

INDIVIDUAL POETS: Willem Fransman Jr (A) Lesley Miles (E) Juli Jana (E) GROUP OF POETS(E): The Constant Gardener The Constant Gardener draws on the metaphor of a gardener. Our poems are about the change in a physical garden together with our human relationships. Liz Trew Lise Day Pam Newham MC: Archie Swanson @ Caritas at [...]

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#34 BOOK LAUNCH

McGregor Backpackers 34 Bree St, McGregor

Poets: Christine Coates : The Summer We  Didn’t Die Thandi Sliepen: the stem of the moon @ McGregor Backpackers

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#35 POETRY IN MCGREGOR IN ABSENTIA

Wahnfried 27 Bree Street, McGregor, Western Cape

In Absentia is a video presenting poems by poets unable to attend the Poetry in McGregor festival in person and wishing to attend in spirit through the sharing of their poems. The poems are read by professional actors and voice artists. @ Wahnfried Book Your Ticket Here    

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