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Celebrating Poetry in McGregor 17-19 November 2023

As you all know, we are taking a breather this year after 10 very successful Poetry In McGregor Festivals. Our committee feels it is time, during this recess, to reimagine and revision our next decade. Thank you to all of you who have responded so positively to our decision and who would like to come on board in some way. We are hoping we can meet up in the new year to enthusiastically and creatively consider ways to take our event to a new level. Many poets and lovers of poetry who enjoy our annual gatherings have also supported our initiative to get together this year to read their work or just to enjoy one another’s company. Our celebration will include several events, beginning with the launch of our 2022 Anthology. Here is our programme if you haven’t yet seen it.

ANTHOLOGY 2022 LAUNCH - 17h00 Friday 17th November 17th @ Caritas, Temenos

Poets will read their own works from the anthology. Winners of the Patricia Schonstein Poetry in McGregor 2022 Award and Acclaim will be announced. Wine and snacks will be provided. Lovers of poetry are welcome to attend. This is a FREE EVENT. As space is limited, please ensure you book early. Reservations may be made through the Temenos office. 023 6251 871

OPEN MIC - 10h30 Saturday 18th November @ Caritas, Temenos

After visiting our local village weekly market, join us at 10h30 in Caritas for an Open Mic session hosted by Harry Owen. All poets are welcome to come and share their latest offering. Poets who read will be eligible to submit their poems for consideration in the Poetry in McGregor 2023 Celebration Anthology.

This is a FREE EVENT. No booking required.

A CELEBRATION OF POETRY AND MUSIC - 17h00 Saturday 18th November @ Wahnfried

Join us for a concert featuring accomplished performing artists Lynelle Kennedy and Elna Van der Merwe. The programme will include Berlioz’s song cycle Summer Nights, as well as a cycle celebrating the poetry of Ingrid Jonker, Elizabeth Eybers and Vincent Oliphant amongst others. Lynelle Kennedy, performing artist and actress, has starred in a wide range of shows including West Side Story, The Sound of Music and La Boheme. Elna Van der Merwe is a full time accompanist and sought after collaborative artist for local and international artists. TICKETS R150 includes a glass of wine. Reservations: Booking Essential

POETRY IMMERSION - 09h00 Sunday 19th November @ Temenos

A gentle reflection and meditation on poetry of the mystics lasting 40 minutes.

BY DONATION. Limited to 40 pax. Booking through the Temenos Office 023 6251871

LAUNCH OF THE NAMING OF HE-WHO-HAS-NO-NAME - 10h30 Sunday 19th November @ Caritas, Temenos

This fable, for young and old, has been specially written for The Cactus Foundation Africa. The foundation works for children’s rights, animal rights and the rights of the Earth. This will be a heart-warming, inspiring reading. FREE EVENT. No booking required.

SILENCE (film) - 16h00 Sunday 19th November @ Wahnfried

A screening of Martin Scorsese’s beautiful and deeply moving film SILENCE. Hailed as one of the director’s finest achievements, the film is based on Shusaku’s Endo’s classic novel which follows two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Edo period Japan.

BY DONATION. Reservations Wahnfried27@ Booking Essential as space is limited.

Saturday and Sunday 10:30 to 14:30.

Experience the beauty of McGregor through the eyes of five local artists at La Galleria's group exhibition "Coalescence". This exhibition will feature works that demonstrate how these five artists interpret and experience their village, showing how various elements of a place can come together to form one distinct and unified whole. This will be a unique opportunity to explore the coming together of the artists’ visions, and the coalescence of McGregor’s culture.


All poets joining us for the weekend will receive from Temenos a 10% discount on all meals at Out of Africa or Tebaldi’s Restaurants. These vouchers may be collected at the Temenos Reception Desk.


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