Celebrating #OURSTORIES on the page, mic and stage, the SABF poetry café is a feast for lovers of the spoken word. In 2018 we celebrated the life of a literary giant, the late Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile. A mix of multigenerational and multilingual voices
honoured him at our poetry café sessions.

Affectionately known as Bra Willie, Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile was an influential member of South Africa’s liberation struggle. He was a celebrated arts intellectual who wielded a sharp and progressive pen throughout his life, and was highly regarded both internationally and at home. Bra Willie, who died on 3 January 2018, won several literary awards in his lifetime, including the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize (US), the Harlem Cultural Council Poetry Award (US) and the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. He was also honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver) and was the South African Poet Laureate in 2006.

In 2019 our poetry sessions will once again bring to stage some of the most recognised
names in the realm of spoken word. We will continue to honour the memory of our revered Bra Willie by presenting a rich experience of the verse, image, story, performance and song, that is the breath of what we call poetry.

Presented by the South African Book Development Council, in proud association with the Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing SETA.