Poetry Award

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Patricia Schonstein Poetry in McGregor Award

Poetry in McGregor is an annual festival anchored at Temenos in the village of McGregor. This is nestled between the Riviersonderend and Langeberg mountains of the Western Cape. It is the only festival in South Africa devoted solely to poetry and is the vision of Billy Kennedy, the Gardener in the Garden of the Beloved at Temenos.

Each of the festivals is celebrated by a dedicated anthology. It is with pleasure that I give my name to the Award and Acclaim associated with the festival’s annual anthology. The Award is granted for an outstanding poem published in each festival’s dedicated Anthology. The Acclaim is granted to a poet for lifetime achievement or for their service in enhancing this important genre.

2018


Joint Winners

  • Jacques Coetzee for his poem Table of Elements.
  • Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa for her poem Song.
  • Eduard Burle for his poem Listen.
  • Susan Woodward for her poem I thought it was you.

Acclaim

  • Presented posthumously to Stephen Watson (1954-2011) for his poetic versions of the /Xam oral testaments collated by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd; and for his contribution to the South African canon as a poet and essayist.
  • Presented to Colleen Higgs for publishing collections by forty-one southern African women poets between 2007 and 2018 under her imprint Modjaji Books.

2017


Winner

  • Presented to Nondwe Mpuma for her poem Home.

Acclaim

  • Presented posthumously to Adam Small (1936-2016) for his defence and promotion of Kaaps as a valid literary medium and for his poetry.

2016


Winner

  • Presented to Gaireyah Fredericks for her poem Dronk verdriet.

Acclaim

  • Presented posthumously to Anne Schuster (1947-2017) for her contribution to poetry through generous mentorship of writers.

2015


Winner

  • Presented to Margaret Clough for her poem Reconciled to the Dark.

Acclaim

  • Presented to Hugh Hodge for his support and contribution to poetry in the Western Cape through his Off-the-Wall events.

2014


Winner

  • Presented to Justin Fox for his poem Roading 1994.

Acclaim

  • Presented to James Matthews for a lifetime achievement in poetry.

2013


Winner

  • Presented to Graham Dukas for his poem An Olympian effort at the Mugg & Bean.