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Schools Poetry Competition Within Poetry Africa 2001 International Poetry Festival

The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, will present the 14th POETRY AFRICA, International Poetry Festival from 4 to 9 October 2010. The evening events will take place from 4 to 8 October at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (19h30), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and at the BAT Centre on 9 October. Workshops and seminars will be held in venues across Durban.

Poetry Africa has a long-standing commitment towards nurturing a culture of reading and writing poetry, especially amongst the youth. To this end, the festival runs a schools programme which allows learners to interact with poets as well a schools poetry writing competition. Schools visits bring established poets to schools to share their expertise while the poetry competition affords learners the opportunity to actively participate in this craft.

Learners should please submit poems by Friday, 17 September 2010 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 English, Zulu or Afrikaans. Poems must be written neatly or printed if possible. Illegible entries will not be considered. No more than 2 poems per pupil are to be submitted, with a maximum length of one A4 page per poem.

The learners with the best entries will receive complimentary tickets to attend the festival on the evening of Friday, 8 October 2010. An awards ceremony will be held where prizes will be given out, with the Mazisi Kunene Foundation awarding the prizes for the Zulu winners. Winners will also have the opportunity to read their poems. 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’s telephone number to the Centre for Creative Arts by no later than 17 September 2010. Entries may be e-mailed to, hand-delivered to the Centre, faxed to 031 260 3074 or posted to:


Poetry Africa (Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal) is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), HIVOS, City Of Durban, Arts and Culture Trust, and French Institute of South Africa


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