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Poetry Africa 2009: School Poetry Competition

Poetry Africa 2009The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) will be host the 13th POETRY AFRICA, International Poetry Festival from 5 to 10 October 2009. The evening events will take place from 5 – 9 October at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (19h30), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and the BAT Centre on 10 October.

A major component of the festival is the schools programme which consists of a school visits by participating poets and a poetry competition. Poetry Africa invites learners to submit material for the poetry competition which is held in conjunction with the festival. Learners should please submit poems by Wednesday, 16 September 2009 for our judges to make the final selection of winners. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

There is no particular topic for the poems and they can be written in either English, Zulu or Afrikaans. Illegible entries will not be considered – poems to be typewritten or printed if possible. No more than 2 poems per pupil are to be submitted, with a maximum length of one A4 page per poem.

Prizes will be given for the best entries and all winners will be given complimentary tickets to attend the festival on the evening of Friday, 9 October 2009 when it is hoped they will read their poems and where they will receive prizes. All winning entries will be displayed in the foyer of the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre for patrons to view.

If you are a learner and would like to be involved in this competition – submit your poems, together with your school’s name, teacher’s name, and your school telephone number to the Centre for Creative Arts by no later than 16 September 2009. Entries may be hand delivered to the Centre or faxed to 031 260 3074 or posted to


For more information on the festival or the competition, contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506 or 031 260 1816 or visit the website:


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