Celebration of poetry

The Poetry in McGregor Festival takes place from Friday August 23 to Sunday August 25 at Temenos Retreat and Bree Street, in McGregor, about 150km outside Cape Town.

The weekend celebration of poetry includes readings, workshops and open mic sessions.

The 2019 theme is “The Heart of the Moon”.

The participating poets include Joan Hambidge, Michelé Betty, Sally Ann Murray, Brian Walter, Malcolm Gooding, Quinne Brown, Douglas Reid Skinner, Christopher Culpo, John Maytham, Luna Paige, Willem Fransman Jr, Zane Dangor, Makhanda Senzagakhona, Kobus Moolman, Phillipa Namutebi, Toast Coetzer, Erns Grundling, Dan Wylie, Pieter Odendaal, Dominique Botha, Peter Fox, Thandi Sliepen, Lerato Sibanda, Hugh Hodge, Julia Kramer, Patricia Schonstein, Dorian Haarhoff, Marguerite van der Merwe, Diana Ferrus and Andries Walter Olifant.

The Poetry in McGregor Festival is organised by NPO The McGregor Arts and Community (MAC) Project.

Any profits made are channelled back into the community of McGregor to give support to local creative projects such as art and culture groups, dance groups, bands, choirs and child-care facilities.

The winners of this year’s poetry writing competition will be announced at the opening function at the Book Tent on Friday August 23. The organisers have invited actor Ashley Dowds to read the finalists’ poems.

To view the full programme visit www.poetryinmcgregor.co.za or email info@poetryinmcgregor.co.za for more information. Book through Computicket.