MARITZBURG poet, Kobus Moolman, will be taking part in Double Shot at Books Upstairs in Dublin on November 18 at 6.30 pm, alongside Michael O’Loughlin and Leontia Flynn.
Moolman, an award-winning poet and playwright, educator and editor, is visiting Ireland to participate in the Winter Warmer Festival in Cork.
Last year he took part in the Dromineer Literature Festival, and gave readings and conducted workshops in Cork and Fermoy.
Moolman teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is regarded as one of South Africa’s leading lyric poets.
He has published seven collections of poetry: Time like Stone (winner of the 2001 Ingrid Jonker Prize), Feet of the Sky, Separating the Seas (winner of the 2010 South African Literary Award for Poetry), Anatomy (winner of the 2009 DALRO Prize), Light and After, Left Over, (shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry), and his most recent, A Book of Rooms.
He has also published two collections of award-winning plays, Blind Voices (2007) and Full Circle (2007).
In 2010 he edited and published, Tilling the Hard Soil: poetry, prose and art by South African Writers with Disabilities and in 2013, he was the Mellon Writer in Residence, courtesy of Rhodes University in Grahamstown. At the end of 2013 he was awarded the Sol Plaatje European Union poetry award.
Double Shot is a series of curated poetry readings in Dublin. Each event features three readers: an emerging poet, a local poet and a visiting poet, to celebrate the diversity of new writing in Ireland.
The series was founded by poets, Jessica Traynor and Dave Lordan in 2015. It runs twice a year with three events in each series.