29 July 2011

National Performance Poetry Challenge

National Performance Poetry Challenge

That rush, that moment when you choose…. Condom, no condom.

That split second that you make in-love, in-toxication, high on something, hopeful, wanting, needing to justify. Play it out, put it in, be wanted, be needed, be a man, be a woman.

And that’s just the sex. Just a few minutes, perhaps a bit of foreplay, maybe even an hour.
What about the build-up, move making, flirtation, infatuation, pull in and play this.

Pure potential

Her, him, them… at the same time?

And then look for love.

Cause that’s what we all want, right.


Enter the DFL Lover + Another Poetry Challenge
and talk about Sex, Relationships & HIV and AIDS…

No judgement

No restrictions

No pretence

Just you, the mic and the stage…

THEME: Lover + Another “multiple sexual relationships and HIV and AIDS”

Tell us what it’s about


The Lover + Another Poetry Challenge is an exciting and innovative performance poetry project which aims at empowering University students, youth and the wider community to confront their realities pertaining specifically to multiple sexual relationships and HIV AND AIDS. This is a project that allows the youth to talk about SEX, RELATIONSHIPS & HIV AND AIDS education in a space designed to fit their socio-cultural contexts. Through the spoken-word culture the youth is able to directly address the risks and cultural factors affecting their sexual behavior, values and attitudes towards SEX, RELATIONSHIPS & HIV AND AIDS.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcW-6u269km

and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js-NczP3eaA for a sample of performances from the final of The Lover + Another Performance Poetry Festival held on the 20th August 2009 at the UKZN.

The Lover + Another Poetry Challenge began at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg Campus) in 2009. The concept is truly an example of applied arts in HIV AND AIDS Education. The 2009 and 2010 extension of the project proved very successfully and popular at multiple levels, the competition saw regional finals in both Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg, culminating in a successful competition held at Wits University with 6 finalists from both cities, battling it out. The project had great support, with over 700 students in attendance. This was a competition between the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and University of Johannesburg (UJ). An extension of the concept and project for 2011 now sees the inclusion of youth in Cape Town.


The Lover + Another Poetry Challenge is targeted to University students, youth (17 –35 years old) in our community to produce and perform original pieces of performance poetry that speak to the social, psychological and physical correlates of multiple sexual relationships and HIV and AIDS.

06 July 2011

JULY newsletter!! Hot off the press =)

Progressive greetings friends!

Hope you all are keeping the arts and literature fires burning around the globe.
With each new year, without fail, some start off with that list of objectives to accomplish during the year ahead. Now, with the first half behind us, we can reflect upon what we have achieved and on some unfinished business that we must still attend to.

I hope you have entered into the second half of the year with all cylinders burning. We can start off this half with thanksgiving to every situation that has affected us, and hope that we are better people through overcoming those circumstances. Give thanks for the good and the not so flattering times, there often is a lesson hidden in-between. What are YOU grateful for?

I’m grateful for the people that I’ve crossed paths with and have touched my life. Grateful for the platform given through the Afrikan Poets and Writers Facebook group.
Thank you to its creator, Emmanuel Ekosse and the members who have been with the movement since day 1, thank you for the support. Thank you for crossing over to the U write what U like blog. Thank you to all who contributed their writings to the AfroConscious journal (2010) and to those who’ve bought the publication, I hope you enjoy the work put into it with love! http://uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com/2010_12_01_archive.html

Thank you to Moses Shimo Seletisha for the translation of the short story “The rebirth of Kweku Ananse” by Kofi Anane Kyeremeh, into Sepedi. This will form part of the AfroConscious volume 2, COMING SOON! http://uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com/2011/07/pelego-ya-kweku-ananse-rebirth-of-kweku.html

What’s new with the blog
1. There is a link that shows the 3 most popular posts on the blog. Scroll down the UWWUL blog page.

2. You can also subscribe by email l to the blog so that when a new post has been made, you will be the first to receive it conveniently to your personal email address. (Your email address will remain private; your details are secure and will not be shared.)

3. Are you an Lesotho based poet/ writer/artist? Then get more info the the writing competition by clicking this link: http://uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com/2011/07/writing-contest-lesotho-based-artists.html Thank you Sechaba Keketsi for you untiring work in the Lesotho poetry field and for your contribution to the blog.

4 Click this link for info on the Jozi Book Fair 2011: http://uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com/2011/07/jozi-book-fair-2011.html

What are you reading? Here is the link to the book recommendation from Emma Arogundade, by author Ben Okri, titled A way of being free. http://uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-recommendation-ben-okri-way-of.html Thank you Emma! Have YOU read this book, do you want to share or recommend another book to us?

If you have any literature centred news/event/project you want to spread to many, you can become a contributor to the UWWUL blog and share it with multitudes.

Literally yours,

Pelego Ya Kweku Ananse/ The Rebirth of Kweku Ananse

Here is an excerpt of the short story by Kofi Anane Kyeremeh (Ghana) translated into SePedi by Moses Seletisha

ruri sa go makatša ke gore monna yo o tloga a bone ka maahlo a nama gore e tla tshwelatshela yona ya matlorotloro bošegong bja lehono, fela mogale a bona gore bokaone ke gore a iphe lešoka go ya go rema dikeketane, ka ge go be go tonya. mosadi wa gagwe yo mobotsana yoe ka seo sebaka a bego a ithwele, go be gole molaleng gore neng kapa neng a ka sahlelwa ke sesadi, yena o ile go gwelela ka ntšu la gauta a leka go mo kgala - eupša tšeo di ile tša fetošwa ditšiebadimo ke monna wagagwe. Phokgo e ile ya tloga e huna lehuto ya se rate lego tseba gore magadima a gadima goba tšona diphefo di tšutla bokgole bjo bokae, yena o be a gopola gore o dira toka go mosadi wagagwe gore bobedi ba tle ba kgone go gotša mollo gore ba tle ba kgone go ruthela ka ge phišo e be e se gona. Aowa ka go hlokega ga tsebe le tsebo phokgo e ile ya tšea lepaka leo a feditšego metsotso e se mekae a lotša a re go lephatega wa hwetša le benyabenya e ke legadima la mamašianoke. Goya go ile o ile a fegolla le lerumo la gagwe la morodi (sethunya) o ile a sefega legetleng goba wona mphapong wa tsogong la nngele... ya ba gona sebata se gopotše tsela... lešoka mphe batho!

Book recommendation: Ben Okri "A way of being free"

"Y'all, a serious serious recommendation - A Way of Being Free - Ben Okri. Its a MUST read, profound, moving, incredible. Its about writing, and its about life, and transformation, and philosophy and and and. Get a copy, however you can, get it and read it."
Emma Arogundade ‎

"It is not what you have experienced that makes you greater, but what you have faced, what you have transcended, what you have unlearned"

"We live by stories, we also live in them. One way or another we are living the stories planted in us early or along the way, or we are also living the stories we planted, knowingly or unknowingly in ourselves. We live stories that either give our lives meaning, or negate it with meaninglessness. If we change the stories we live by, quite possibly we change our lives"

Writing Contest: Lesotho based artists

AFROCONSCIOUS, a South –African published art and literature journal featuring artists from parts of Africa presents AFROCONSCIOUS Poetry writing contest for LESOTHO based artists.

This competition which is strictly for Lesotho poets invites all interested poets to write a poetry under two themes and stand a chance of
1) Winning the first AfroConscious journal copy (published 2010),
2) having their poetry published on the Lyrical Bacteria blog [www.sechabalb.wordpress.com] and the U WRITE WHAT U LIKE BLOG [www.uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com]
3) as well as a chance to be featured in AfroConscious volume 2 (scheduled for 2011).

Two themes for the competition which will span Two months, with each month having its own theme are; FREEDOM (July) & ACTIVISM AGAINST VIOLENCE TOWARDS CHILDREN AND WOMEN (August)

The theme for the month of July is: FREEDOM (what you think of freedom, your personal definition of freedom etc).
Entries will be accepted from July 1st to July 31st.

Poems can be submitted to following email: sechabalb@gmail.com or meet in person with the coordinator, SECHABA KEKETSI via the email given,
Twitter: twitter.com/bacterialyrical or
Facebook: www.facebook.com/skeketsi1 or contact telephonically: +266 6337 3926

Infinite Writing!

JOZI Book Fair 2011

Dear Readers, Writers and Publishers

The third edition of Jozi Book Fair will be held on 6, 7 & 8 August 2011. JBF 2011 promises to be one of the best and spectacular shows ever, with all its main projects including the Writers, Childrens, Readers and Small Publishers Projects playing an active and significant role through a variety of events and activities in the month leading to the annual event in August 2011 to make it a success.

The Small Publishers Project is planning to host a Roundtable focusing on Public Libraries Procurement processes on 01 March 2011. The Roundtable will also coincide with the official opening of registration for Jozi Book Fair 2011.

The Childrens Project will be opening a drop-in corner on 12 March 2011 which will be housed within the Setsi Sa Mosadi – Women's Advice Centre which will also be officially be opened on the same day at Khanya College's House of Movements.

The Writers Project will continue to run writing skills training workshops and encouraging emerging writers to organise themselves into writing circles, with the aim of creating and building a culture of writing throughout the country.

The Readers Project whose aim is to help create a culture of reading for leisure and pleasure will continue to assisting groups of organised readers in the form of Book Clubs, Study Groups and all forms of Reading Circles and enourage the formation of new ones where none exists.

It is the aim of Jozi Book Fair that the energy from all this four(4) projects feeds into the annual event in August 2011 and help bring the hundreds and thousands who participates in their activities and programmes to the fair to be held in Museum Africa.

The registration for Jozi Book Fair 2011 will open on the 1 March 2011.
Details will be available on the Jozi Book Fair website: www.jozibookfair.org.za, and in the press.

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