Can poetry really change anything? Antjie Krog’s persistent probings at the recent Dancing in Other Words Festival highlighted some uncomfortable ethical concerns, writes Leon de Kock.
Prompted by Kavish Chetty’s challenge to the bourgeois ideal of poetry, Marlene van Niekerk responds in an Afrikaans poem that reflects on the potency of the small gestures and utterances of a minimally shared past.
Kavish Chetty explores the dangers of poetry in an interview with Tomaž Šalamun, at the Dancing in Other Words festival.
‘It doesn’t matter how much you may say that poetry or novels have nothing to do with politics; politics has a lot to do with you and therefore you cannot be indifferent to it.’ Kavish Chetty interviews Kole Omotoso at the Dancing in Other Words festival.
Louis Roux chats to radical theatre director, Marthinus Basson, about his role in orchestrating poets, artists and a magician for the upcoming Dancing in Other Words poetry festival at Spier.