24 -26th Aug 2018 | THE McGREGOR Poetry Festival

Celebrating Poetry in McGregor

The McGregor Poetry Festival (August 24 – 26th) is now celebrating its sixth year. Come and enjoy a magical experience in the beautiful town of McGregor and take pleasure in the relaxed company of lovers of the written word. This warm hearted event draws poets from across the country who come together annually to celebrate poetry in its many forms. This year’s exciting programme provides a platform for the voices of renowned, published poets as well as providing an opportunity for emerging talent to be recognised and appreciated.

Among the 160 poets whose company you will enjoy while at the festival are Fourie Botha, Douglas Reid Skinner, Margaret Clough, Elisa Galgut, CJ (Jonty) Driver, Zama Madinana, Medzani Musandiwa, Joan Hambidge, Kelwyn Sole, Harry Owen, Patricia Schonstein, Phillippa Yaa, Athol Williams, Wendy Woodward and Dan Wylie.

Here are just a few of the exciting presentations that will be on offer:


  • POETS ON THEIR FAVOURITE POEMS – Joan Hambidge, Douglas Reid Skinner, Michele Betty, Stephen Symons and Kabana Romano discuss their favourite poems

  • POEMS OF THE CAPE – Kobus Moolman

  • CONVERSATIONS WITH HAFIZ – Emma Oliver and Viv Stacey

  • VOICES OF GRATITUDE AND UNCERTAINTY – Anthony Osler, author of Stoep Zen

  • VAN VLOETSDRIF NA FINISTERRE – Toast Coetzer and Ernst Grundling


  • POETRY CABERET (An evening of Brel, Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Weill – Geoffrey Johnson

  • OPEN MIC SESSIONS with Hugh Hodge and Roche Kester

Our programme also includes poetry readings, book launches, music and poetry, writing workshops, poetry walks in nature, audio visual presentations and exhibitions. All the intimate venues are in walking distance of one another and there are great places to enjoy log fires, local wine and food.

To see a full list of participating poets and their presentations visit www.poetryinmcgregor.co.za

Early booking essential. Contact McGregor and Robertson Tourism for Accommodation options.


At Temenos we're always happy to host Retreats and Workshops, for more details contact Margaret