Monday, 9 March 2015

Chris Mann at Caritas

We plan to hold monthly fund-raising events to raise funds for the next McGregor Poetry Festival (27 to 30 August). 

The next event will take place on Wednesday 1 April at 7.30pm in Caritas at Temenos and the details are as follows: 

Chris Mann, Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, presents a moving performance of accessible poems and original songs for the guitar. The presentation is based on his latest slim volume of poems, Rudiments of Grace. The book was launched in the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Grahamstown, as part of the Spiritfest programme during the National Arts Festival in July 2014. 

This is a beautifully crafted and unified collection. Chris Mann tells a love story which is full of passion, tenderness, and lyric grace. Lucy Newlyn, Professor of English Language and Literature, Oxford. These poems tell a story that is as profound as it is familiar. The poems are delicate, shaded, sometimes startlingly direct, but above all honest. They are sacraments to love. Reverend David Jasper, Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Glasgow. Moments of profundity spring regularly from Mann’s uncommon renderings of intimacy. Nick Mulgrew, Mail and Guardian, Johannesburg. 
This is one of the most beautiful books of poetry I have ever read. Emeritus Professor Rosemary Gray, Institute for African Renaissance Studies, University of South Africa. 

Entry (and a glass of our Poetry Wine) is by donation at the door. For more information, please contact Jennifer Johnson (McGregor Poetry Festival Co-Ordinator) 023 625 1908 / 084 675 1164 

This performance will take place even if there is load shedding that night!