Saturday, 29 August 2015

Poetry Competition Prize Giving

The Prize Giving Ceremony for our inaugural Poetry Competition was held on Saturday morning in our Fringe Venue, De Akker. A packed audience was squeezed into the venue to hear the good news. We were delighted that a number of finalists were able to make the journey to McGregor to be with us for this wonderful event.



Two sections were available in the competition. The first was aimed at High School pupils, and the second at adults. Hundreds of entries were received, and the judges’ decision was not an easy one. We are delighted to announce the winners in each section. In the schools’ section we decide to make a runners’ up award as well as a winner, and this went to Onele Rolobile, who won a Gift Voucher for R2000 from Exclusive Books for her poem I’m at War. The winner in this section was a local girl from Bonnievale, Mia Beukes, for her delightful piece entitled Namiblied. Mia won herself an I Pad for her efforts.


In the adult section the winner was Louise Westerhout for her wonderfully descriptive poem entitled, I Simply Left.




Special thanks to Leila Witkin for her generous sponsorship of the prizes, and to the Worcester Standard and the Breede River Gazette, for their support in the competition. This has been a wonderfully stimulating exercise and was richly satisfying for us all. Thanks to everyone for their support!










Sunday 30 August events


48  Bob Commin: Poetry Eucharist

9.00am / The Little Way / 90 min / Offering for charity


49  Friends of Vrolijkheid: Poetry in Motion/Poetry in Stillness

9.00am / Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve / 75 min / R50.00 (includes entry to the Reserve) / Direct bookings: Rose Kent rosehkent@gmail.com / 072 721 7377


50  Open Mic Session 2 hosted by Hugh Hodge

9.30am / Caritas / 50 min / Free event


51  Harry Owen: For Rhino in a Shrinking World

9.30am / Edna Fourie Gallery / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


52  NG Kerk: Feesdiens

9.30vm / NG Kerk McGregor


53  Antjie Krog: Mede-wete/Synapse

9.30vm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


54  Petra Müller: Verbeeldings

11.00vm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


55  Patricia Schonstein: Poetry as Portrait & Still Life

11.00am / Edna Fourie Gallery / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


56  Marguerite van der Merwe: Poetry Walks The Garden Of The Beloved

11.00am / Caritas Garden / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


57  Bob Commin: Four Quartets.

11.00am / The Little Way / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


58  Colleen Higgs: Publishing poetry

11.00am / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


59  Liesl Jobson and Tim Hyslop: Noble Bassoon, Night Singer

11.00am / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


60  Ian McCallum and Wendy Woodward: Poetry-a voice for the voiceless

12.30pm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


61  Christine Coates: Homegrown – Poetry as Memoir.

12.30pm / Edna Fourie Gallery / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


62  Khadija Tracey Heeger: Blood Narrative

12.30pm / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


63  Gert Vlok Nel: Die lewe se laaste lieflike refrein.

12.30pm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


64  Film: Othello

3.00pm / Wahnfried / 176 min / Donation at the door


65  Festival wrap-up: Poetry and Potjie on the stoep

6.30pm / Le Bonheur / R100.00pp (bring your own wine). Direct bookings: 023 625 1908


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Fringe events at DE AKKER Sunday 30th August


9.00am McGregor Revival Gospel Group (donation)

10.30am Sisca Julius, Sisca Se Stories

11.30am Regine Josephy Steltzmann, Words of Note

12.30pm Dave and Neil, Favourite Irish Poems



Friday, 28 August 2015

Saturday 29 August events



15  Briar Grimley (On behalf of the Breede Centre): In the Beginning….

9.30am / Breede Centre / 50 min / Donation at the door


16  Koos vd Merwe: Daar Waar Rympies Vandaan Kom

9.30vm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


17  Colleen Higgs: Too much information

9.30am / D’Amphitheater / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


18  Marguerite van der Merwe: Poetry Walks The Garden Of The Beloved

9.30am / Caritas Garden / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


19  Growing Poems: Book a small-group session with Douglas Reid Skinner

9.30am / The Little Way / 50 min / R50.00 / Direct booking: 023 625 1871


20  Growing Poems: Book a 15 minute individual mentor session with Kerry Hammerton

9.30am / The Poetry Library in Temenos / 15 min / R50.00 / Direct booking: 023 625 1871



21  Diana Ferrus: Vir 'n soldaat van die Cape Corps - 70 jaar na die Tweede Wêreldoorlog / For a soldier from the Cape Corps - 70 years after World War II.

9.30am / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


22  John Maytham: Serious, sublime and silly

9.30am / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


23  Louise Viljoen: Name in Breyten Breytenbach se poësie.

11.00vm / NG Kerk / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


24  Launch: Stanzas! A new publication for matters poetic

12.30pm / Bemind Winery / 50 min / Donation at the door


25  Briar Grimley (On behalf of the Breede Centre): In the Beginning….

12.30pm / Breede Centre / 50 min / Donation at the door


26  Philip de Vos: Versies vir die dag en vir die nag.

12.30nm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


27  Norman Morrissey and Silke Heiss: Birds, Beasts, Flowers and More. A Selection of Nature Poems

12.30pm / D’Amphitheater / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


28  Ian McCallum with Annie Middleton: Poetry Strikes a Chord

12.30pm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



29  Douglas Reid Skinner: The launch of and reading from The Secret Ambition, a book of poems by the Italian poet Valerio Magrelli translated into English by Douglas Reid Skinner & Marco Fazzini.

2.00pm / Bemind Winery / 50 min / Donation at the door


30  Open Mic Session 1 hosted by Hugh Hodge

2.00pm / Caritas / 50 min / Free event



31  Antjie Krog: Mede-wete/Synapse

2.00nm / NG Kerk / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



32  The InZynch Poetry Session: Praat poësie en rymelary/Spoken Poetry, Rhyming

Adrian Different, Pieter Odendaal en Denver Rimestein

2.00nm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



33  Lara Kirsten: That primal pulse

3.30pm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


34  CANCELLED Genna Gardini: A Reading of Poems by Genna Gardini

3.30pm / Edna Fourie Gallery / 50 min / R50.00 



35  Growing Poems: Book a 15 minute individual mentor session with Kerry Hammerton

3.30pm / The Poetry Library in Temenos / 15 min / R50.00 / Direct booking: 023 625 1871



36  Harry Owen: Searching with Dogs!

3.30pm / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



37 
CANCELLED Prof Adam Small: Klawerjas en daarna 

3.30nm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 

Another Open Mic session with Hugh Hodge has been added to this time slot. 

38  John Maytham: Serious, sublime and silly

5.00pm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



39  Hester van der Walt en Suenel Bruwer-Holloway:

"Whence/Waar vandaan"

5.00pm / D’Amphitheater / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



40  Ansa Smit: Unspoken: Singing soul-tongue aloud.

5.00pm / Edna Fourie Gallery / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



41  Patricia Schonstein: Life as Poetic Pilgrimage

5.00pm / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



42  Mavis Vermaak: Some Poetry/Some Poems

5.00pm / The Well / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



43  Gert Vlok Nel: Die lewe se laaste lieflike refrein.(sang en poems)

5.00nm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



44  Launch of the McGregor Poetry Festival 2014 Anthology

6.30pm / Caritas / 50 min / free event



45  Forest: Koos Du Plessis “Herinneringe van Gister”

Prys sluit in Sop, Sjerrie en tuisgebakte brood

6.30nm vir 7.00nm / NG Kerksaal / R120.00 Besprekings Direk: 023 625 1685 (9-12vm weeksdae)

Epos ngkmcgregor@telkomsa.net

46  Helen Moffett: Poetry stand-up and fall about

8.00pm / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here



47  Film: Bob Dylan Dont Look Back

8.00pm / Wahnfried / 96 min / Donation at the door


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Fringe events at DE AKKER Saturday 29th August


8.00am McGregor’s Unistars Band (tbc)  McGregor Violini Group (tbc)

9.00am  The First Step Ballet McGregor and The Next Step Dance Company

9.30am Announcement of Poetry Competition winners (free event)

10.00am Mothertongue Langeberg Youth Arts Project, In Ander Woorde (donation)

12.00pm Langeberg Steelband (donation)

1.00pm Richard Whittaker,A Southern African Iliad and Odyssey

2.00pm Wendy Woodward, Moments of the heart

3.00pm Graham Dukas, Stephanie Saunders and Pam Newham, Poetry, but lighter

4.00pm Wilhelm Snyman, An Introduction to Dante, on the 750th Anniversary of His Birth

5.00pm Kyle Allen / Swellendam Poets

6.00pm Khadija Tracey Heeger, Blood Narrative

7.00pm Open Mic Host: Harry Owen (free event)

8.00pm Norman Morrissey and Silke Heiss, Tryst to The Far Horizon 
              A Selection from four years’ worth of Love Poems 

8.00pm to late Late night poetry (free event) in Carol’s Overdraught Pub

9.00pm Mari Mocke "Soaked in the seeds of life" "Geweek in die saad van die lewe"

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Friday 28 August events




3  Antjie Krog: Monsters en Fairies

11.00vm / NG Kerksaal / free event


4  Jo and Mike: Around the Kitchen Table: Stories of Old McGregor

2.00pm / The Lion House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


5  Floris Brown: Ster wat Skyn

2.00nm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


6  The InZynch Poetry Session: Praat poësie en rymelary/Spoken Poetry, Rhyming

Adrian Different, Pieter Odendaal en Denver Rimestein

3.00nm / NG Kerksaal / 60 min / Free event


7  Hester van der Walt en Suenel Bruwer-Holloway:

"Whence/Waar vandaan"

3.30pm / D’Amphitheater / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


8  Growing Poems: Book a small-group session with Douglas Reid Skinner

3.30pm / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 / Direct booking: 023 625 1871


9  Film: Poetry Korean with English subtitles

3.30pm / Wahnfried / 139 min / Donation at door


10  Kerry Hammerton: continuum

5.00pm / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


11  Ansa Smit: Unspoken: Singing soul-tongue aloud.

5.00pm / The Well / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


12  Koos van der Merwe: Leonard Cohen in Afrikaans

8.00nm / NG Kerk / Konsert 80 min / R120.00 book your ticket here


13  Helen Moffett: Telling truth slant: poetry as creative non-fiction

8.00pm / The Tree House / 50 min / R50.00 book your ticket here


14  Bob Commin: The exploration of Cowboy poetry.

9.00pm / Carol’s Pub / Donation in Charity Box



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Fringe events at DE AKKER  Friday 28th August



9.30am CANCELED McGregor Waldorf School, Pinky Ponky Poetry (venue tbc) 


2.00pm Dorian Haarhoff, The warmth of the Heart keeps the Body from Rusting:
             Words from the sages who engage beyond the cage of age.



3.00pm Elaine Edwards,Ways to Write a Poem


4.00pm Open Mic, (free event) Host: Hugh Hodge


5.00pm Richard Whittaker, A Southern African Iliad and Odyssey


6.00pm Laverne Schwimmbacher, Poetic Pathways of Healing and Inspiration


7.00pm Bernard Levinson, Sexual Secrets


8.00pm Mavis Vermaak, Some Poetry/Some Poems


9.00pm to late Bob Commin in Carol’s Pub, The exploration of Cowboy poetry.









Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Programme update


It is with regret that we have to announce that the following events have been cancelled due to ill health: 

Genna Gardini Saturday 29th August 3.30pm at Edna Fourie Gallery 

Adam Small Saturday 29th August 3.30pm at Wahnfried. Another Open Mic session with Hugh Hodge has been added to this time slot.


Thursday 27 August events




1  The InZynch Poetry Session: Praat poësie en rymelary/Spoken Poetry, Rhyming

Adrian Different, Pieter Odendaal en Denver Rimestein

9.30vm / NG Kerksaal / 60 min / Free event



2  At table with C Louis Leipoldt

7.00pm / Tebaldi’s / R210.00pp (includes a glass of complimentary Muscadel) / Direct bookings: 023 625 1871 (40 pax)


Monday, 24 August 2015

Festival visual artist Niël Jonker




Since my first visit to McGregor more than a decade ago I have been blessed with many surprising and rich experiences on subsequent visits. 


So it was when taking a break during a week-long painting trip this past autumn. I met a new resident Daniele in the home of my close friends Hester van dr Walt and Lies Hoogendoorn. Daniele was enquiring about the process of making sculpture and I realized the reason for having packed a box of modeling wax at the last moment when preparing for this trip. After plundering my friends' garden shed and finding some bit of wood to act as a base and some wire to act as an armature, I proceeded to apply the wax to form a standing human figure of about thirty centimeters high. At this stage I was still wondering what to render when the model spontaneously appeared in the form of Lies. Another weekend trip a fortnight later to making finishing touches resulted in the start of yet another sculpture, this time of Hester in her favourite chair. Since another famous McGregor character, the family dog Pixel had snuck into the sculpture of Lies, I decided to add Karel Kat to the Hester figure, rubbing up beside the armchair.



Back home I proceeded to make silicone rubber moulds of the sculptures and send the wax copies off to the foundry to be cast in bronze. These small sculptures led to further gestural portraits of artist friends and serve as the fulcrum of my exhibition at this year's McGregor Poetry Festival. I am looking forward to the opening on Friday night at The Lion House as I am also anticipating many pleasurable conversations during the mornings when I will be in attendance at the exhibition. But most of all I am excited to be attending Lies' eightieth birthday celebrations the weekend before where a much more thorough tributes will be offered to this exceptional woman.





An exhibition of sculptural portraits in bronze and mixed media, alongside a selection of retrospective figurative work. Open for active studio participation with the artist every day.


Opening: Friday 28 August 5 to 6pm

Artist walkabout: Daily 9 to 9:30am

Open: Fri/ Sat. 9am to 4pm, Sun 9am to 1pm

Viewing by appointment: 0826517414



Venue:



LION HOUSE, McGregor
number (10) on the Poetry Festival Map









Sunday, 23 August 2015

Videopoetry: The Turbulent Atmosphere by Mari Mocke




Poet

Mari Mocke




She will be present at The McGregor Poetry Festival at De Akker on Saturday 29th August at 9.00pm 


Mari Mocke "Soaked in the seeds of life" "Geweek in die saad van die lewe"

have a look at the Fringe Programme 2015

Friday, 21 August 2015

#38 coming event at Caritas


 

John Maytham

Serious, sublime and silly

John Maytham reads a selection of favourite poems on themes as diverse as war and cauliflowers, solitude and wheelbarrows. Poets include Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Dickinson, Parker, Owen, Sassoon, Belloc and Baudelaire.

Saturday 29 August / 5.00pm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00




Venue: Caritas at Temenos

number (1) on the Poetry Festival Map







Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Cancellation of Prof Adam Small’s presentation

We regret to announce that Prof Adam Small’s presentation must be cancelled at the McGregor Poetry Festival because of illness. We wish him a speedy recovery and would kindly ask that if you bought a ticket to contact the The Festival Co-ordinator, Jenny Johnson 023 625 1908 info@mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za

Dit spyt ons om u mee te deel dat Prof Adam Small se aanbieding by die McGregor Gedigtefees weens sy ongesteldheid kanselleer is. Ons wens hom spoedige beterskap toe en wil vriendelik vra dat as jy reeds ‘n kaartjie gekoop het asseblief die Feesorganiseerder Jenny Johnson te kontak  023 625 1908 of info@mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za


#33 coming event at Caritas





Lara Kirsten

That primal pulse

After a successful debut at the Festival in 2014, Lara is returning this year to perform more of her poetry (in Afrikaans and English). Themes will range from chickpeas, thighs, shivers, cross roads, silence, bells, potters to dolosgooiers. Poetry is wilful. It never lets her rest. She heeds its call. She will not fall if she keeps on beating with that primal pulse called poetry.

Saturday 29 August / 3.30pm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00




Venue: Caritas at Temenos

number (1) on the Poetry Festival Map









Monday, 17 August 2015

Billy on Radio Namakwaland


Another great interview about our festival – this time on Radio Namakwaland!



see also this article on channel24




#23 coming event at NG Kerk




Louise Viljoen

Name in Breyten Breytenbach se poësie.


Hierdie lesing fokus op Breyten Breytenbach se spel met verskillende name vir homself as ’n aanduiding van die belangrikste temas in sy poësie. Daar word veral verwys na sy jongste bundel Vyf-en-veertig skemeraandsange uit die eenbeendanser se werkruimte.

Saterdag 29 Augustus / 11.00vm / NG Kerk / 50 min / R50.00





Venue: NG Kerk

number (5) on the Poetry Festival Map



Friday, 14 August 2015

#28 coming event at Wahnfried



 



Ian McCallum with Annie Middleton


Poetry Strikes a Chord


A call to poets to find their voice and to raise it so that others may raise theirs for the wild, for the finned and the winged … for the small and the hunted.

Saturday 29 August / 12.30pm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00



Venue: Wahnfried

number (2) on the Poetry Festival Map



Wednesday, 12 August 2015

#31 coming event at NG Kerk




Antjie Krog

Mede-wete/Synapse

Poetry reading uit die tweetalige bundels.

Saterdag 29 Augustus / 2.00nm / NG Kerk / 50 min / R50.00



Venue: NG Kerk

number (5) on the Poetry Festival Map






Monday, 10 August 2015

#63 coming event at Wahnfried




GERT VLOK NEL

Die lewe se laaste lieflike refrein. (sang en poems)


Sondag 30 Augustus / 12.30pm / Wahnfried / 50 min / R50.00




Venue: Wahnfried



number (2) on the Poetry Festival Map



Sunday, 9 August 2015

Videopoetry: Parkinsons by Mari Mocke



Poet

Mari Mocke




She will be present at The McGregor Poetry Festival at De Akker on Saturday 29th August at 9.00pm 


Mari Mocke "Soaked in the seeds of life" "Geweek in die saad van die lewe"

have a look at the Fringe Programme 2015

Friday, 7 August 2015

#24 coming event at Bemind Winery




Douglas Reid Skinner and Patricia Schonstein

Stanzas! A new publication for matters poetic

Douglas Reid Skinner and Patricia Schonstein launch Stanzas, a quarterly of new poetry. Join us for a glass of wine and listen to readings of some of the poems in the first issue.


Saturday 29 August / 12.30pm / Bemind Winery / 50 min /
Donation at the door


Venue: Bemind Winery

number (18) on the Poetry Festival Map




Tuesday, 4 August 2015

#16 coming event at Caritas




Koos vd Merwe


Daar Waar Rympies Vandaan Kom


Waar word gedigte gaan haal? Die bêreplekke is gewoonlik daar waar die hart diep voel. Waar gejubel en getreur word. Waar verwondering en verwonding is. In daardie oomblikke van diep voel is dit asof die digter sy gedig hoor op 'n plek waar dit reeds bestaan. Koos peins en sing en neem jou saam na daardie geheimsinnige plekke waarheen die hart reis om gedigte te gaan haal. Hoofsaaklik Afrikaans met ’n paar Engelse gedigte as bonus.

Saterdag 29 Augustus / 9.30vm / Caritas / 50 min / R50.00




Venue: Caritas at Temenos

number (1) on the Poetry Festival Map