Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Poetry reading at David Krut Bookstore on 29 March

 There will a poetry reading at David Krut Bookstore next Wednesday, 29 March. The poets who will be reading are Saaleha Idrees BamjeeGérard Rudolf,Makhosazana XabaLinda Lindrish NdlovuArja SalafrancaVictor Khulile Nxumalo and some lunatic named Gary Cummiskey.
The address of the bookstore is 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Please do not confuse it with the David Krut Gallery, which is diagonally across the road, as there will probably not be anyone there.
There is secure parking on the corner of Jan Smuts and Wells.
The reading will start at 18:30.
RSVP to Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

'Anything can happen ..' An interview with French poet and collagist Bruno Sourdin by Gary Cummiskey

GC: You were born in 1950, so I am curious about what it was like being a young man in the late 1960s and and early 1970s. It was the end of the idealism of the 1960s and the beginning of something new in the 1970s, though maybe people did not yet know what the 1970s would be like.

BS: We cannot refer to this period without mentioning the impact of the May Revolution of 1968 in France and how liberating it was for a whole generation I grew up with. I was barely 18 years old. It was both a rejection of the consumer society, a protest against knowledge, a revolutionary moment of illusion and a much-needed change of life. I can remember in those days the academic poets spoke like mandarins. We were on the brink of asphyxia. It was a pitiful old film, pathetic and especially very annoying. Poetry had lost its luminous glow. We lived those May 1968 events as emancipation — many slogans which seemed to come straight from a surrealist poetry book could be seen anywhere: “Under cobblestones is the beach”, “It is forbidden to forbid”, “Run away my friend, this old world is behind you”… Read more plus view collages and read poems by Bruno Sourdin, followed by poems by Gary Cummiskey

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Saturday, 04 March 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

Dye Hard Interview: Kyle Allan: Poetry as physical intensity

Kyle Allan is a poet, performer, writer, recording artist and literary festival organiser living in Himeville in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. He released a CD of poetry, Influences, in 2013 and his debut print collection of poetry, House without walls, was published by Sibali Media in 2016. 

His poems have been published in South African literary journals such as Fidelities, New Coin, New Contrast, Carapace, Kotaz,and Botsotso, and in literary journals in India and the USA. 

He has contributed writing to a variety of publications, including the Natal WitnessLitNetMindmapsa and potholesandpadkos. More here

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Saturday, 04 February 2017

Three years' editorship of New Coin

For the past three years I have edited New Coin, one of South Africa's oldest and most prestigious poetry journals. New Coin is published twice a year by the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. I have now handed over the reins to Dashen Naicker, who will edit the journal from 2017. All cover art for the issues under my editorship was by Lionel Murcott.

Glad to be unhappy

Eye in the Sky

Monday, 26 December 2016

Running East by Theo Green

Running East, a memoir by Theo Green, published by Inkblot Publications, Providence, 2016. 

Monday, 07 November 2016

Beyond Touch is co-winner of the 2016 SALA Poetry Award

Arja Salafranca's Beyond Touch is co-winner of this year's SALA Poetry Award. Beyond Touch was published by Dye Hard Press and Modjaji Books.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Dashen Naicker appointed New Coin editor

South African writer, publisher and critic, Dashen Naicker, has been appointed editor of poetry magazine New Coin from 2017.
Naicker, founder and editor of the South African poetry e-journal The Park Bench, is a poet who has read and performed at festivals in South Africa, Sweden, and France. His own work has been published in international and local magazines, including New Coin, where he was one of the Dalro prizewinners in 2012. He is also a performance poet and three-time winner of the Poetry Africa SlamJam.
Dashen Naicker writes: “Since 2014, New Coin has achieved considerable reach and range under the committed stewardship of Gary Cummiskey. With his guidance the journal has made varied voices visible, even in the shifting sands of South Africa in the 21st century. My aim is to continue, and construct from, this investment in South African poetry.
“Beyond this, I would like to bring into the journal extended interview pieces that engage with the craft and concerns of South African poets. This will take the form of a series of conversations in which young South African poets interview established writers who have influenced or inspired them in some way, highlighting the sense of community and history that is a part of South African poetry.
“I hope to achieve these aims by drawing on my skills and experiences as a poet, academic, and editor, in consultation and conversation with poets and poetry lovers of South Africa. I want to ensure that New Coin journeys into and through spaces aware and appreciative of the multiple modes and varying voices that characterise life and poetry in this country.”
New Coin was founded in 1965 by Guy Butler and Ruth Harnett and is published twice a year by the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) at Rhodes University. Naicker will work with an editorial board of poets and former editors.
Subscribe now to get both the June and December 2016 issues of New Coin for R200.
For subscriptions and information, email or call 046 603 8565.

Sunday, 09 October 2016

Beyond Touch nominated as finalist in the SALA Poetry Awards 2016

Arja Salafranca's third poetry collection, Beyond Touch, is a finalist in the 2016 SALA Poetry Awards. Beyond Touch was published by Modjaji Books and Dye Hard Press in 2015.