What’s on – August 2017

1. Somerset West

The Magic Carpeters Writing Group R580 (5 sessions) Last Wed evening of every month 18.30 – 21.30 …. we meet in an art studio. Writing exercises, conversation, energy, soup and wine. .Beginners are welcome.. make writing friends …. Current theme: writing your life as if directing a movie script. Begins Wed 26 July

2. McGregor Poetry Festival

Fri 25- Sun 27 Aug a wow of a weekend – come and experience moments of joy and illumination as you live poetically https://mcgregorpoetryfestival.blogspot.com/ My offering: Stillness Sanctuary: Sat 10:30 Remoulding to the Heart’s Desire Ah, Love! could thou and I with Fate conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire? Would not we shatter it to bits-and then Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire? (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam) We spend quality time with half a dozen poets that seek to reshape, reframe and revision our ‘sorry scheme’ moments and tune them the rhythms of the heart.

3. Pringle Bay

Beginning Again A Poetryshop R460 Sun 20 Aug 09.30 -16.30

I believe that poetry is a primal impulse within us all. I believe we are all capable of it and … that a small, often ignored corner of us yearns to try it (Stephen Fry)

Billy Collins, American poet Laureate, begins a poem with these words:

I wonder how you are going to feel When you find out That I wrote this instead of you. That it was I who go up early To sit in the kitchen And mention with a pen The rain soaked windows…

For many of us poetry was made difficult at school. Yet we can all enjoy reading and writing it. This wordshop is about recovering simplicity and opening ourselves to the joy poetry can bring. We look with beginner’s eyes. Poetry is another way of paying attention, listening and observing the world. With Wordsworth, ‘we see into the life of things.’ Poetry opens us to our creativity and imagination as we follow the path of metaphor, rhythm, line balance, word choice and cadence. We invite poems to cultivate a sense of belonging. Venue: 345 Hangklip Rd Pringle Bay (home of Anne-Marie Breytenbach)

Aug 2017 whats on