GIVING POETRY WINGS
Giving Poetry Wings - GPW is a Augmented Reality (AR) art exhibition which showcases collaborative work between selected poets and digital/visual artists. This will be a result of hackathons hosted prior to the exhibition, with the aim of creating a space and opportunity for poets to have their work developed beyond paper/ spoken word, as well as for digital/visual artists to create new themed work inspired from literature. You definitely would not want to miss out on how fascinating and beautiful poetry can soar through the digital realm, when it’s given the wings and the opportunity to fly (especially with AR).
The first and second edition took place in 2018 and 2019 during the National Art Festival in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown) as part of the Creativate Digital Arts Festival.
THE RADIOACTIVE POETRY CAFE
The Radioactive Poetry Cafe is our monthly poetry event which is held in Bloemfontein at 59 Plenty (on the last Monday of every month). This poetry show emulates the same structure in which we promote content on our blog, and aims to promote different forms of Poetry as well as local and national poets. Each event hosts a line up with 3 segments, featuring an "Open mic " line up, a "Featured poet" line up, and the "Guest poet" line up.
The show has been running ever since October 2018, and has featured upcoming poets from around the city and province, as well as local and national prominent poets. Make sure you like our Facebook page in order to keep on track with our next event, and you can also watch some of the performances from our previous show on our page as well. The show also acts as a bridge between between the poets developing their craft in our workshops, and other festivals and events that are beneficial to poets.
RADIOACTIVE POETRY WORKSHOPS
The Radioactive Poetry Workshops are coordinated by Thuthukani Ndlovu, and aim to develop the capacity of writers and performers, introduce interested people to Poetry, and also create a space for Poetry audiences to be in the company of poets while they create/ develop work. This also includes audience development.
We've hosted workshops during the Vrystaat Literature festival, & currently host monthly workshops in Bloemfontein at the Adelaide Tambo Public Library. We've also hosted workshops in Lesotho (Mafeteng) in partnership with PISA & GIZ, as well as at Litfest Harare in Zimbabwe. Some of our main objectives for our workshops is to create a co learning space where poets (and those interested in poetry) can come and share their knowledge and experience. If you would like to know more about the workshops, feel free to contact us via email:
RADIOACTIVE POETRY PODCAST
This is a bimonthly online poetry show that features dope poetry shared by poets from different countries. The show is hosted by Thuthukani Ndlovu (TK), and aims to expose a wider audience to a variety of amazing poetry on one platform. The show initially started as the Radioactive Poetry Sessions in 2019, in the form a vlog through Facebook Live, however the show could not continue due to circumstances beyond our control.
The good news is that, we're reverted back to having the show as a podcast, which gives us more control over the frequency in which we have episodes. You can listen to our latest episode here: and don't forget to subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss an episode. You can also download each episode, so that you can listen to it during your free time.
THE RADIOACTIVE COLLECTIVE
The Radioactive Collective is a group of selected artists that we selected to participate and attend a number of events/ programs over the period of one year. This is one of newest initiatives, so we are still working with the 1st collective, which features 3 South African poets: Hope Netshivhambe, Oratile Molale and Patience Labane.
Each year, we will select artists who've been involved in our programs based on their achievements and/ or potential to continue growing in the creative industry they currently work in. The first collective had their first trip to Malawi in 2019 to participate in the Tumaini Festival, where they did not only perform, but they attended workshops and got the opportunity to experience living at Dzaleka Refugee camp with the amazing people who reside there, as this is where the festival was held. Their expected second trip will be to Zimbabwe. One of the objectives of this initiative is to expose artists to a wider audience and other stakeholders in the industry from different countries, and what they learn on these trips is then shared back in their respective communities. In the near future, the collective will not only feature poets.
SPOKEN WORD OF ELOHIM (currently inactive)
Spoken Word of Elohim - #SWE started of as an anthology with it's main purpose being to provide a platform for Christian artists from different backgrounds to share their work on the same platform. This anthology can still be read online or downloaded for free, and there was also a version of the publication in braille.
We then realised that we needed to create a more tangible platform that could accommodate more artistic disciplines, therefore we decided to start #SpokenWordofElohim. It is now a poetry show that accommodates Christian music, literature and performance theatre. The shows are hosted in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and aim to create intimate spaces where Christian based art can be shared and received.
THE RADIOACTIVE ANTHOLOGIES (currently inactive)
In 2016, The Radioactive Blog embarked on a journey to publish a digital anthology each month, featuring different poets from around the world. This was the first key project that the blog implemented, and resulted in us publishing over 100 poets from different countries throughout the year. 10 Anthologies were published in 2016, however we still worked with other organisations/artists by collaborating with them (Eg. The Different Shades of a feminine mind and Lost Lover anthology). The most downloaded anthology is "The Women" which is a compilation of poems contributed by women from different parts of the world. This book reached over 1000 downloads in 2016. All the digital books shown below can be read online or downloaded via the following link: