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Senryū: a selection by Tony Ullyatt in lockdown

Senryū: a selection by Tony Ullyatt in lockdown

Michèle Betty and I are planning a poetry evening later this year in Cape Town where she is based. Michèle is the founder of Dryad Press and editor of New Contrast: South African Literary Journal. Tony won the 2019 South African Award for Poetry for An Unobtrusive...

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Cape Town’s castle as a centre of our stories

Cape Town’s castle as a centre of our stories

Being in lockdown has made me long for some of my favourite Cape Town sites. I love looking down on the city bowl from the top of Table Mountain, or standing in the courtyard of the Castle of Good Hope looking back up. I know that the Castle reminds us South Africans...

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Lady Anne Barnard “locked-in” Cape Town

Lady Anne Barnard “locked-in” Cape Town

Confined to barracks – Lady Anne wouldn't have had a problem with lockdown, especially in her later years when she lived like a recluse. She arrived in Cape Town 1797 and initially lived in the Castle of Good Hope where the barracks were (and still are). Lady Anne set...

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Bo-Kaap Culture Connect review

Bo-Kaap Culture Connect review

We met on a clear and sunny Saturday morning on the steps of the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum at 71 Wale Street. The museum has just recently opened an exhibition after scholar Halim Gençoĝlu uncovered new details about the house’s history and connection with the notable...

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Political art in South Africa – overt and subtle

Political art in South Africa – overt and subtle

At a recent Parliament Tour, one Culture Connector asked: “Isn’t all art political?” This transported me back to my days as an art history student in the 1980s at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, where I first saw art through the prism of Marxism, feminism...

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