I am so excited and I’m looking forward to Jozi Book Fair this weekend.  As you know, Black Letter Media publishes and sells books through Book Lover’s Market and Poetry Potion. We’re all about supporting the indie writer and the indie publisher and this is why being at Jozi Book Fair is special.

Firstly, this will be our first exhibition as Black Letter Media. Secondly, Jozi Book Fair was founded by Khanya College as an alternative literary space for those of us who operate outside of the commercial mainstream. It’s about promoting reading and writing in South AFrica, as well as promoting independent writers and independent publishers.

So it is with great pleasure that, we pack up our books and our computers and go down to Museum Africa to exhibit our wares. More than an exhibition, I look forward to meeting other independent publishers, self-publishing authors and all book lover’s.

Jozi Book Fair

  • 27 & 28 October 2012
  • 9am – 6pm
  • Entrance fees for the public is R10 per day
  • All children under 12 years of age enter free
  • Entrance tickets are available on the ground floor.
All events inside are free.

Poetry and Protest

South African Poetry in the 20th century has been characterized as protest poetry. This was poetry in direct response to life in apartheid South Africa. From poets like Ingoapele Madingoane, Nontsizi Mgqwetho, Don Materra, Lefifi Tladi and countless others, poetry was the potent weapon that exposed, questioned, decried, denounced and resisted oppression. But can we even remember a time when Afrikan poetry has not been a form of protest from izimbongi to griots? Lately, I struggle to identify poets whose work is infused with political fervor, who stand out clear in their protest. I may be wrong but sometimes I wonder if poets these days are hiding their political voice to get work… Well, all this and more is up for discussion at are out Protest Poetry (Poetry in Protest/Poetry and Protest) discussion session at Jozi Book Fair.

Join our discussion panel on Saturday, 27 Oct at 2:30pm in the Geology Auditorium(Museum Africa) is part of Jozi Book Fair. We are discussing the political voice of poetry. How do politics intersect with our poetry? Is poetry a sufficient form of protest? Does protest poetry still have a place in this country.

I, zamantungwa, editor of Poetry Potion and founder of Black Letter Media will be moderating the discussion. With these two poets:

Mandi Poefficient Vundla

Queen of the Word N Sound Open Mic (2012)

Mandi is a writer, poet, dreamer and an ambitious fierce brave woman who will fight for everything she believes in. She began writing poems plays and has since never looked back. Mandi’s commitment to poetry has seen her share a performance platform with Myesha Jenkins, Natalia Molebatsi, Lebo Mashile, Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, Napo Masheane, Afurakan, Kabomo, Likwid tongue, Antonio David Lyons,Tumelo Khoza, has performed with Pops Mohamed and has opened for Canadian poet Ian Kamau.

Her larger than life attitude propels her in all that she is, all that she does and everywhere she goes. (bio from the Word N Sound website)

Prince Shapiro

author of “Am I Not Black Enough”

Born Zolani Tyalimpi, in Jo’burg City, Prince Shapiro grew up in the Eastern Cape, where he learned poetry from his grandmother. An instrumentalist and lyrist, his performances have been screened on SABC TV and M-net. He writes and recites verse mainly in Xhosa. His poetry appears in the documentary called debt of dictators. He performed for festivals such as Arts Alive, Revel-in, Rustles Valley, Playtimes and many more. He is a member of Sounds of Edutainment and a radio presenter at Alex FM.