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See more details about forthcoming events on the Readings and Festivals page on this website.
Articulate Africa Book Festival at the Essence Festival, Durban
Durban International Conference Centre
28 September - 1 October 2017
I'll be signing in the Carnevale Lounge, Friday 29 September 3:30
and on Sunday 1 October will take part in the following events:
10:00 On Literary Agenting, with Aoife Lennon-Ritchie & Paula Morris
14:00 On Editing, with Etienne van Heerden, Christopher Merrill, Melinda Ferguson & Darryl David
17:00 Poetry Event with Chris Abani, Dime Mziba, Thando Fuze, Kyle Allen, Lihle Madala, Xolile "NdoniyaseMbo" Mkhize
Here's a clip of my reading 'Late Knowledge' for the Hwaet! anthology at the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2016.
More recordings of my work are available on The Poetry Archive.
My fourth collection Bearings was published by Nine Arches Press in the UK and Modjaji Books in South Africa in 2016.
Also in 2016, Edinburgh publisher Mariscat launched The Leonids, a pamphlet of poems mostly about that force of nature, my mother, Ann Dixon, who died in 2015. The Herald Scotland chose 'My Mother's Dress' (part of 'Notes Towards Nasturtiums') as Poem of the Day and The Scotsman published 'binding' from the pamphlet. You can read '9 a.m', a poem from the collection, on Aerodrome here. Copies can be ordered from Mariscat, or if you want a signed copy, contact me.
My mother had Parkinson's, and some of this experience is reflected in the final poems of The Leonids.
I ran a 10 km race in Havana to raise money for Parkinson's UK's research and support work via my JustGiving Page.
In 2016 I was thrilled to contribute to a documentary presented by Owen Sheers about David Jones's great World War I poem In Parenthesis, which you can download for a small fee from the BBC Store.