In conversation with: Xabiso Vili

We’re super excited to have Xabiso in Bombay and featuring at our next WTS open mic on 27th May. We asked him a few questions.. What does poetry mean to you?  I was an awkward kid growing up. All this charm and charisma was hidden beneath fear after fear and then insecurity. I spent all my…

In conversation with Kyle Louw

In just one week Mumbai, you will come face-to-face with the sheer warmth and poetry that is Kyle Louw. WTS is very proud to present a spoken word poetry masterclass – The Intangibles with Kyle Louw and Ikenna Onyegbula (20/21 Aug). We asked Kyle a few questions 🙂 What does poetry mean to you? Poetry…

How to be a good poetry audience..

We’ve talked about stage fright, the benefits of attending poetry workshops and tips on performance in previous blogs, and now it’s time to give the audience a few pointers! It’s simple really; a good audience can help uplift a performance, while a distracted/bored audience might drain, even the most seasoned performer. No poetry event is…

I write, therefore, I am..

It’s simple. I write, because if I don’t, I’ll go crazy. I’m what’s called a HSP – a highly sensitive person. We are 20% of the world’s population, I’m told. A HSP feels more intensely than the average person. We pick up on others’ emotions, even just by sitting next to them. We can tell…

The activism of poetry..

Ever since I’ve been old enough to grasp the nuances of life, it has always seduced me, enticed me, and had me returning to it again and again. I felt a sheer depth of emotion within its words. It is one form of literature that I consider to be something of an outlier when compared…

Where page and performance poetry intersect.

Six months ago, if I had to choose, I would have called myself a page poet. I’ve written for a long time but it is only recently that I have fully been able to explore performance poetry, for a variety of reasons. Moving to Bombay is definitely one of them. I was vaguely aware of…