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SPU to host award winning poet

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The SPU and DSAC have jointly hosted public readings by writers from the USA, UK, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Netherlands since 2016

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THE SOL Plaatje University will host Oxford-based multi-award winning poet Athol Williams’ public reading at the central campus today at 6pm.

The event, which is being presented in conjunction with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, is open to the public and is free of charge.

The reading is scheduled for 6pm in the Auditorium C113 and further information can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

This is one in a series of public readings by acclaimed writers and poets from various parts of the world. The intention of both the SPU and DSAC is to encourage appreciation for literary arts in the city.

To date the SPU and DSAC have jointly hosted public readings by writers from the USA, UK, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Netherlands since 2016.

Athol Williams is an award-winning South African poet and social philosopher. He has published nine books; four books of poetry, four children’s books and an inspirational autobiography.

Williams’ poems have been published in more than 40 publications around the world and he has won four poetry prizes – three in South Africa and one in the UK. He is the only person to have won the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award twice.

Williams is also the first person to earn master’s degrees from five of the world’s top universities; namely Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, London School of Economics, London Business School and University of Oxford, where he is currently lecturing and completing a PhD.

He holds a bachelors degree from Wits University where he served as an Adjunct Professor for three years. Before becoming a professional poet and philosopher, Williams worked in business for 15 years in South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom.

He has received numerous academic awards and community service awards for his literacy activism; in 2013 the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality honoured him with a personalised bollard.