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Join Kobus Moolman for the Launch of A Book of Rooms at Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg

Launch: A Book of Rooms

A Book of RoomsUKZN Press invites you to the launch of A Book of Rooms by poet and creative writing teacher Kobus Moolman.

Moolman will be in conversation with Debra Primo about his new collection of poetry at the Tatham Art Gallery on Saturday, 11 April, at 4 PM.

The event will take place in Café Tatham and light refreshments will be served at R30 per person.

See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 11 April 2015
  • Time: 4 PM
  • Venue: Tatham Art Gallery
    Café Tatham
    Opposite City Hall
    Chief Albert Luthuli Road
    Pietermaritzburg | Map
  • Interviewer: Debra Primo
  • Light refreshments will be served
  • Cover charge: R30
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About the book

A Book of Rooms, Kobus Moolman’s new collection of poetry, deepens the explorations of his recent books Light and After and Left Over. While their Beckett-like sparseness and doggedness is still there, A Book of Rooms moves into a realist-biographical narrative form. Arranged in physically dense scenes described as ‘rooms’, it inhabits the childhood and young adulthood of a man with a serious physical disability growing up in a grim family environment in the final years of the white side of apartheid. The reader is compelled immediately into the character’s bleak and constant meetings with pain and failure. Yet inside this present-tense current can be felt a powerful will to live, sharp flashes of humour – and an even more powerful drive to know the truth.

Critical comments on Moolman’s two previous books:

The reader is constantly located in the artist’s body negotiating between the physical space of bricks and mortar, and the inner, imagined reality which is a shifting, unreliable space … The highlight of this collection is the third section, entitled “Anatomy” … an extended meditation on the body as the place of fragmentation and reconnection, depersonalistion and reintegration … searing, honest and brave, opening to the reader in progressively intimate revelations that enable one to experience firsthand the narrator’s visceral reality.

Liesl Jobson reviewing Light and After (2011) in FMR Book Choice 2011

Working through a Moolman volume is both a rewarding and exhausting experience … However in a country where poems are too often simply sound-bites for fleeting perceptions and states of mind, [...] Moolman moves into a different space entirely, and has taken a much more difficult and honest path. The reader will emerge from this poetry chastened but delighted. They are works of acumen, depth and extraordinary pressure.

Kelwyn Sole reviewing Left Over (2013) in New Coin, June 2014

About the author

Kobus Moolman is the author of seven collections of poetry, and several plays. He has won almost every poetry prize offered in South Africa: the Ingrid Jonker prize, the PANSA award, the South African Literary Award, the DALRO poetry prize and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry award. He teaches creative writing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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