This weekend celebration of poetry includes readings, workshops, music, poetry, open mic sessions and lots of time for poets and friends of poetry to get acquainted.

Friday, 23 August to Sunday, 25 August 2019

McGregor, Western Cape

The workshop, readings and other events have various times for the duration of the festival. See the programme for details.

The festival is free, with different costs for different events. Tickets available from Computicket.


The Poetry in McGregor Festival has become one of the most popular literary festivals on the continent. In 2018 over two hundred poets arrived in this picturesque village to celebrate their art and to enjoy a remarkably happy gathering for lovers of the written word. Poetry in McGregor is now renowned for its warm-hearted and intimate atmosphere and for the unique way in which the village lends itself to a relaxed and memorable experience.

The weekend celebration of poetry includes readings, workshops, music and poetry, open mic sessions and lots of time for poets and friends of poetry from across the country to get acquainted. Festival organizer Jennifer Johnson says: “It is our passionate intention and endeavour to help grow and sustain a community of poets and poetry enthusiasts in the poetic and magical setting that is McGregor.”

To celebrate the cycle of its seventh year, the 2019 theme is “The Heart of the Moon.” The first pioneering years of the festival were exemplified by Sun energy, the bold and active force essential to turning a vision into reality. Now, with the moon as a symbol, the intent is to dream into and deepen the very special intimacy that this unique festival offers.

The participating poets on the 2019 programme are Joan Hambidge, Michelé Betty, Sally Ann Murray, Brian Walter; Malcolm Gooding, Quinne Brown; Douglas Reid Skinner, Christopher Culpo; John Maytham, Luna Paige; Willem Fransman Jr; Zane Dangor, Makhanda Senzagakhona; Kobus Moolman, Phillipa Namutebi, Toast Coetzer, Erns Grundling, Dan Wylie, Pieter Odendaal, Dominique Botha, Peter Fox, Thandi Sliepen, Lerato Sibanda, Hugh Hodge, Julia Kramer, Patricia Schonstein, Dorian Haarhoff, Marguerite Van der Merwe, Diana Ferrus, Andries Walter Olifant and many more.

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