The Miriam Tlali Reading & Book Club February Session has been postponed to the 5th March 2016
To A Poetry Reading and Discussion with
Prof Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile
South African National Poet Laureate
Celebration of Expressive Language and the 40th Anniversary of June 16
Saturday, 5th March 2016
14H00 – 16H00
Museum Africa, Newtown Cultural Precinct, 121 Bree Street, Newtown
About Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile
Professor Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile is South Africa’s National Poet Laureate and former Special Adviser to the Minister of Arts and Culture.
Kgositsile has taught at a number of universities in the United States and in Africa including the University of Denver, Wayne State University, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the universities of Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Fort Hare.
Kgositsile has worked in various structures and departments of the African National Congress (ANC). In exile he was a founding member of the ANC’s Department of Arts and Culture and that of Education. He was also the Chairperson of the Regional Political Committee in Zimbabwe. In Botswana he worked in the underground structures of the Political/Military Council (PMC). He is a founding member of the ANC Veterans League and was a member of the ANC National Centenary Task Team.
Kgositsile is one of the most internationally acclaimed and widely published South African poets. Some of his work has been translated into many languages. His poetry collections include My Name is Afrika, The Present is a Dangerous Place to Live, Heartprints, When the Clouds Clear, To the Bitter End, If I Could Sing, This Way I Salute You. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards including the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, the Harlem Cultural Council Poetry Award, the Conrad Kent Rivers Memorial Poetry Award, the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. In 2008 he was awarded the National Order of Ikhamanga: Silver (OIS). He was awarded the degree Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (DLitt et Phil) (honoris causa) by UNISA in 2012.
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