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Jonty Driver returns to JAM on the Marsh following hugely entertaining recitals of his own poetry over the last three years.

Driver will read poems from two new books currently in preparation:  a sequence of 22 poems, called Before, being published by Crane River Press in association with the Africa Sun Press in July, and a bigger collection, Still Farther, New Poems 2000-2016.

Driver retired from school-mastering in 2000, and since then has been a full-time writer.  He regards school-mastering as having been his profession; his vocation has always been poetry and he has published seven books of poems as well as five novels, three biographies and a memoir.

Born and educated in South Africa, he was locked up by the security police in solitary confinement in 1964 for his anti-apartheid activities. While he was a post-graduate at Oxford, the South African authorities refused to renew his passport and he became stateless for five years. When he became a British citizen, he was refused visas to visit his home-country until the end of apartheid in 1992.

FREE EVENT – There will be a collection for the Hantam Community Education Trust in the Karoo, South Africa

 

This event is in collaboration with Hythe Festival