Bring your poems to light
Taalmonument offers enjoyable Afrikaans workshop on poetry writing
For those confronted by writer’s block when putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard to create poetry, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) in Paarl offers a poetic solution: a workshop on 25 June 2018 with poetry expert Prof Bernard Odendaal. In addition, participants’ best poems will be considered for the Green Gallery exhibition at the monument where lesser-known writers’ work is brought to the public’s attention.
The enjoyable day, presented in conjunction with the ATKV-Skryfskool of the North-West University and sponsored by the LW Hiemstra Trust, will discuss various aspects of poetry and include a practical section to polish participants’ poems. Since the workshop is aimed at people who want to gain insight into improving their poems, they are encouraged to bring one of their poems along. Odendaal, the director of the ATKV-Skryfskool, is an expert in the field of Afrikaans poetry and a published poet, songwriter and essayist in own right.
Some of the questions that will be discussed are:
• Why do we, as humans, write poems?
• What distinguishes poems from prose, for example? In other words, which manners of communication and creative means are particularly relevant in the writing of poetry?
• Do lyrics and poems differ at all from each other?
• Based on what can one judge a poem’s artistic value?
The workshop takes place in the conference room of the Taalmonument in Gabbema Doordriftstraat on Paarl Mountain from 09:00 to 16:00. It costs only R150 per person, which includes a free visit to the monument as well as coffee/tea, sweet treats and a delicious lunch.
Places are limited, so please book timely with Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ATM annually presents a whole series of courses and workshops focusing on the development of basic professional skills. This year’s programme includes subjects such as book repairing, museum conservation and star trails photography. Anyone interested in related subjects are welcome to make suggestions for additional workshops. See www.taalmonument.co.za for more and follow us on Facebook.