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Cambridge meets South Africa

Boom! Boom! Boom!
I hear it far in the northern skies -,
A rumble and a roar as of thunder.

from: Sounds of a Cowhide Drum (1971);
Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali

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Special poetry event with Finuala Dowling

Homerton College on 14th November 2014,

ZAPP at African Literatures Conference

ZAPP presented a dynamic, engaging and stimulating Roundtable session at the African Literatures (International) Conference at WITS, Johannesburg on Saturday 12th April.

Commonwealth Observance Day poem 2014

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers commissioned by the Commonwealth Education Trust to write and perform a special poem for Commonwealth Observance day.  More ...

All praise to this initiative that aims to free poetry from its tag as 'boring subject’ and relocate it in the hearts and minds of teachers and students as a lifelong gift to be savoured and treasured. Olive Senior, poet

ZAPP logoThe Southern African Poetry Project (ZAPP) is a sister project to the pioneering Caribbean Poetry Project. The chief aims of ZAPP are to promote achievement through learning and teaching of southern African poetry (in English) in schools in South Africa and the UK with the desire to instil knowledge, understanding and a love of poetry in young learners. ZAPP is founded on a joint research collaboration between the Centre for Commonwealth Education (CCE) at Cambridge Faculty of Education and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, (WITS), and will also work with the online Poetry Archive to put in place recordings of southern African poetry as a resource for teachers and learners.

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