15 POETS, 3 SESSIONS, 5 PRIZES
The LRC was out in force at the POETRY IN MCGREGOR festival in November. Many of the poetry events were held at Temenos – famous for their gorgeous lush gardens and equally splendid peacocks. (Did you know the collective noun for peacocks is a muster? Also an ostentation…we prefer that one :-)) The theme was “Touching The Wild” and The Life Righting Collective was represented by three different poetic happenings… Into the Wilderness; Growing Wild(er); and Wild Fruits…
So many diverse poetic themes emerged: nature, wilderness, climate, friendship and eros. A special thank you to Giles Griffin, Julia Norrish and Inge van Niekerk for the major behind-the-scenes organisation and admin involved in shepherding poets into the wild.
Although winning competitions is not the primary focus of the LRC, it is good for morale and for getting our organisation known… congratulations then to LRC members Carrie Kuhn, Giles Griffin, Heidi van Rooyen and Lise Day (who won two prizes!) for their accolades. And congratulations to ALL the LRC members who flew under our banner to promote the healing power of poetry.
SPECIAL LRC POETRY FUND LAUNCHED
All the poets who read at McGregor were self-funded. We are delighted to announce that we’ve begun a special Poetry Fund to raise funds specifically to bring LRC poets to McGregor. Transport and accommodation are the big expenses that not everybody’s budget can manage. We’d like to give exposure to many more LRC poetic voices at McGregor. We are very grateful to the two LRC members who have individually initiated this new Poetry Fund. A big thank you for this much-needed financial assistance!