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Editorial of Inyathi


The new issue of Inyathi is in your hands now. It was difficult to bring this issue together primarily because of lack of quality articles from artists of Eastern Cape and beyond. I still fail to believe that artists can’t be writers or students of Fine Arts from various universities in the Eastern Cape are not encouraged to write. Inyathi as a journal will continue to survive under such adverse conditions. South Africa is going through a socio-political turmoil, challenging artists and writers to bring forth a creativity which is different from that which happened during the euphoria of apartheid liberation. I feel truly fortunate to bring out a journal on arts during such a period.

A few days back I was invited to attend a Seminar on Publishing organised by the Department of Journalism, Walter Sisulu University, East London and funded by the German Government. I rubbed shoulders with various small time publishers like me whose only desire is to satisfy a passion to bring out the printed word in an aesthetic form. My good friend Volkmar Dobaat was the Chairperson of this Seminar. He is a keen photographer and had an article on Ansell Adams in the last issue. I was struck by his statement for more communication via the print media as communication is itself marketing. Keeping in with his viewpoint, the last issue of Inyathi was sold to numerous artists and art lovers even though I didn’t have any distribution system in place. Many reprints were made and complimentary copies were sent to universities abroad. Inyathi still remains the only print journal on Arts in Eastern Cape.

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Inyathi Arts Journal Launch


TIME: 6:30 p.m.

Poets Printery Publishing in association with the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London invites you to the launch of Inyathi, a Journal on Arts, on the 27 August 2008 at 6.30 pm. The Hon. MEC for Art, Culture and Sports, Mrs N. Abraham Ntantiso will be the chief guest speaker for the launch of the journal.

Renowned photographer Anthony Maturin from New Zealand will be presenting a slide show of photographs of East London. The journal can be bought on that evening for R 55. Wine will be served.

RSVP Dr. Amitabh Mitra, Editor

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Love Poetry Rendezvous and Poetry Art Exhibition, 29 April 2008, Durban


April was a great month and the 29 was the greatest day. I was looking forward to meeting the greatest of Durban Poets who had assembled at the Point Yacht Club to welcome me. Brett Beiles the former Chairperson of The Live Poets Society had extended an invitation to visit Durban and give a talk on Poetic matters. Brett is a great friend, to an extent that I call him up at all ungodly hours just to discuss trivial things. Brett’s poetry resounds of contemporary South Africa. His works have been published in ‘A Hudson View’. (more…)

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Introducing Stanley Onjezani Kenani

Stanley KenaniI have the greatest pleasure in introducing Stanley Onjezani Kenani. Stanley is a well known poet from Malawi. I have published his works in the print poetry journal, ‘A Hudson View’. His poem ‘Lilongwe at midnight’ is being published in the coming issue of Hudson.


Born in 1976, Stanley lives in Malawi and has read his poems at the Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia and Poetry Africa in Durban, South Africa.

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World Anthology of Love Poetry

The Poets Printery is planning to bring out an Anthology of Love Poetry before August this year.

We will have three editors. I would choose poetry from Africa and the Middle East, Victoria Valentine would choose from US and Glory Sasikala Franklin would choose from India and the SAARC countries.

We welcome your submission for this beautiful anthology.

Please send two of your Love Poems to me with a fifty word bio.

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‘Inyathi’, A Journal on Arts launched

With John Steele, Walter Sisulu UniversityMr. Billy Nel launching the first arts journal, InyathiThe launch of the Inaugural edition of Inyathi on the 9 November went successfully at the Ann Bryants Gallery, East London.. The journal, first of its kind in Eastern Cape was unveiled by the Hon. Minister of Finance, Mr. Billy Nel. Mr. Nel is an avid art collector; his home has art and artefacts from around the globe. He is well known for his huge collection of motor cycles dating back to forties and an airplane which he has converted into a lovely restaurant.


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Welcome to the Poets Printery Blog, and to the Launch of Inyathi, a Journal of the Arts

Inyathi CoverInyathi Page 2Amitabh MitraWelcome to the blog of The Poets Printery.

I’m very pleased to announce that the formal launching of Inyathi, our arts journal, has been fixed for the 9th November at the Coach House of the Ann Bryant Gallery, St Mark’s Road, Southernwood, East London, for 7 pm (tel 043 722 4044). Mr. Billy Nel, MEC for Finance, will uncover the inaugural edition and Dr. Cornelius Thomas – a contributor – will give a talk.

Here is the editoral for issue 1, followed by a list of contributors:


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