ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Basil du Toit was born in Cape Town, a city for which he retains a deep affection, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Zimbabwe and Botswana. He is grateful for the access that this upbringing gave him to an older (not necessarily better) Africa, one simpler and perhaps more innocent than that of today, in touch with more authentic original cultures of southern Africa. He is grateful too for his grounding in the poetical tradition of southern Africa, and has a special sense of loyalty to the literary generation of the 1970s in South Africa. Subsequent exposure to other English literatures (especially US poetry) has not dimmed this love for the African poets of his upbringing.

Although nearly all of his poetry has been written in Scotland, Du Toit identifies both as a Scottish and as a South African poet. In 1987 he shared the Sanlam Literary Award with the poet Douglas Livingstone. Subsequently he has been a winner of the 2015 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition (judged by Billy Collins) and won the Wigtown Poetry Prize in 2021 (judged by William Letford).

Studies In Khoisan Verbs
and other poems

Basil du Toit


PUBLISHER: Botsotso
ISBN: 978-1-990922-65-7
GENRE: Poetry
FORMAT: Paperback
SIZE: 148mm x 210mm
EXTENT: 70pp
PRICE: R135
RELEASE: 2024

ABOUT THE COLLECTION


Du Toit draws on his childhood years in Botswana (the Bechuanaland Protectorate, as it was in those days) to examine questions of language identity and entitlement. He recalls confiding the secret of a magic trick to an itinerant Tswana man who in exchange taught him how to say a few words of the /Xam language; this proximity of language to the magical fashioning of reality still haunts him and has led to poems questioning our sense of belonging to social structures, sexual groupings and even to humanity itself.
Paradoxically, a diverse ethnic background (with Dutch, French, German and Scottish forebears) works against Du Toit’s sense of being welcomed into any single national group. Two directions of trans-national entitlement remain open – movement into an inner landscape of spiritual and artistic values, and an allegiance to the planet as an ecologically neutral, valued and threatened space of dwelling. Both of these manifestations of “home” feature prominently in Du Toit’s work. A visionary linguistics binds these worlds together – foregrounding of the inner life as a source of values and home encourages a Kantian vision of a natural world created by the necessary structures of human consciousness, language being the force and locus of this creation. 

Du Toit’s longed-for release from paid employment in 2011 allowed him to spend his mornings in Edinburgh University’s Main Library; there, over the next ten years, basing himself on the Third Floor of the library (where the University’s literature collections are housed), he composed a large body of poems, mainly free-verse sonnets, from which the poems of “Studies in Khoisan Verbs” are drawn.

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Studies in Khoisan Verbs and Other Poems

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Mann is an award-winning editor and arts writer from Johannesburg, South Africa. His reviews and essays on art, as well as his short fiction, have appeared in journals and publications including Springerin (EU), Portside Review (AU) and Contemporary Lynx (UK).
He currently works as the writer for The Centre for the Less Good Idea. Once Removed is his debut collection of short fiction.

Once Removed

David Mann

PUBLISHER: Botsotso

ISBN: 978-1-990922-73-2

GENRE: Short stories

FORMAT: Paperback

SIZE: 148 mm x 210 mm

EXTENT: 149 pp

PRICE: R220

RELEASE: 2024



ABOUT THE COLLECTION:


“The stories comprising Once Removed are consistently excellent… I have not been this compelled by a collection of short fiction in a considerable time.” – Dr Michael Titlestad

The stories in Once Removed traverse the theatres, artist studios and archives that characterise the world of contemporary art and performance. But they also zero in on the homes, private lives, daily journeys and emotional interiorities of the various characters that inhabit them. 
While the stories in Once Removed draw from the undercurrents of the South African art world, their concerns and evocations are not limited to it. 
“Once Removed is for readers who are familiar with the worlds of art and performance, and those for whom it is completely foreign. A reader doesn’t need to be immersed in the world of artists, critics, exhibitors, gallerists or academics to access the collection, and to enjoy the imbalances, precarity, hilarity, and possibilities represented in it,” explains Mann. 
Part ironic realism, part experimental surrealism, these stories will matter differently, but equally significantly, to those inside and outside the world they evoke and inhabit.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kabelo ‘Jazzmeneer’ Mofokeng is a practising poet and a trained photographer with a deep love for music. He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing Course (2014) offered at Rhodes University. He has published poetry, prose and photo-essays in a number of ‘Pan African’ literary journals, as well as written and produced the play, Taxi Poetry (2003), including self-published a volume of my poetry and photographs, Black Pen Vol. 1 (2007), with drawings by Wesley Pepper. Included photography exhibitions are Red Ants: Corner Bree and Harrison (2009), and the Soweto Photo Album Exhibition titled Fifiela ‘To See with Difficulty’ (2010), of a more notable film about music, Shwabada: The Music of Ndikho Xaba (2016). As a cultural worker and scholar, he has co-curated spoken word and multimedia performances, as well as interactive photography exhibitions within township areas in Johannesburg, a major Afropolitan city. Moreover, he has a good first-hand knowledge of literary trends and practices, particularly with regard to the dynamic literary traditions of South African townships, which are often marginalised and under-represented in the South African canon. In his own words, Mofokeng declares, “I am excited to participate in Botsotso’s expansion of urban, black, multilingual literature, in both its oral and written forms.”

Hungry on Arrival

by Kabelo Mofokeng

 

PUBLISHER:  Botsotso
ISBN:              978-1-990922-58-9
GENRE:          Poetry
FORMAT:        Paperback
SIZE:               148mm x 210mm
EXTENT:         100pp
PRICE:            R135
RELEASE:       2023

 

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

My collection embraces different kinds of poetry. Some poems come via my home in Pimville Soweto, the urban sounds and multilingual speech patterns as I move through it. Other poems draw on Sesotho culture and tradition, which still run strongly in my family, and at times, I integrate the different kinds of sounds and associations of Sesotho and English in the same poem.

Another important aspect is my retracing of the rural and forgotten footsteps of Mzanzi’s legendary artists, in the same way that Zim Ngqwana’s Abomagoduka narrates the journey of men leaving their homesteads to seek work in the mines and cities. I believe poetry, like jazz, allows one to knock on the void of silence. In this way I celebrate the lives of artists and poets such as Mafika Gwala, Jackson Hlungwani, Kippie ‘Morolong’ Moeketsi and Fana Zulu. Other poems are dense and self-reflective in the manner of Arthur Nortjie or Angifi Dladla.

Kabelo Mofokeng

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Anton Krueger was the first English poetry editor for Litnet and from 1997- 2001, was part of the “Bekgeveg” team performing monthly at venues all over Pretoria and Johannesburg, as well as at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees and Aardklop festivals. Poems from this era were published in the anthology Six of the Best (1998, Poets Press). He was invited to perform at Poetry Africa in 2008 and in 2023. His first anthology, Everyday Anomalies appeared in 2011 (Aerial) and in the same year his poem “Nine Notes on Lisbon” was a runner up for the Dalro poetry prize. Over the last few years, Anton has been experimenting with improvised spoken word collaborations with a variety of musicians and DJs, including Tony Bentel and Francois le Roux (the HA! man). Anton has also published plays, memoir, short stories, criticism and arts journalism. He lives in Makhanda where he heads the Department of Literary Studies in English at Rhodes University. Still, Anton considers himself an amateurist, inspired by love rather than profit, gift instead of commodity. Selections from Everybody is a Bridge have been performed in collaboration with improvisations on piano by Paul Hanmer.

To sample his work, visit: https://amateurist.weebly.com/writings.html 



Everybody is a Bridge
poems, prose-poems, notes & fragments

by Anton Krueger

 


PUBLISHER: Botsotso

ISBN: 978-1-990922-67-1

GENRE: Poetry

FORMAT: Paperback

SIZE: 148mm x 210mm

EXTENT: 78pp

PRICE: R135

RELEASE: 2023



ABOUT THE COLLECTION



The same poet who observes that “everybody is a bridge/’’ then asks in Zen-fashion, “Is it me, or is it you?/ are you reflection or projection / or the light that’s shining through?’’ can also note in a very down-to-earth way, that “If we hadn’t robbed the car washers of their coin/they might not have turned so mean, you know? / Let them earn a little income, bra/ If we’d chiselled our hearts open, tried to see it from the middle/we’d have softened just a little.” 
And so, while keeping the big picture of the difficulties before us unflinchingly, Anton imbues such philosophical and political statements with images of very real people and their struggle for survival. But this is one aspect of his writing. As importantly, through these ‘poems, prose-poems, notes & fragments’, runs a whimsical sense of his youth and later years as a white South African whose numerous relatives and friends make their appearance in the form of anecdotal history turned into poetic narrative. In this way, the collection is varied, and very personal and true to Anton’s past and present, a very satisfying buffet that offers a unique taste of his Buddhistic soul. 


 

 

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