Spoken Word Poetry Workshop - online with Puno Selesho

Event Title: 
Spoken Word Poetry Workshop - online with Puno Selesho
Thursday, 8 April 2021
10:00 to 11:30
Online event

"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary." ~Khalil Gibran

As part of the North West University's Racial Awareness Week (RAW) 2021 program, we are hosting a Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Puno Selesho. Please sign up for the workshop below. This session will focus on how poetry can better help us engage with the topic of race.
Afterwards, we are encouraging students and staff to submit your own work of poetry. You can attend the workshop even if you are not planning on submitting any poetry! You can also submit a poem, even if you didn't attend the workshop.


Submission process

  • Your poem should ideally reflect on this year's theme: "The intersection of Race and Economics: Your lived experience". If you did not attend the spoken word poetry workshop, you are invited to watch the recording on the NWU Youtube channel. This will be made available after the session on the 8th of April.
  • After the online workshop, a link will be shared for you to make your submissions.

  • You can make your submission either via a pre-recorded video or a written poem. The link for this will be made available to you.

  • Your video should not be longer than 2 minutes. Written poetry submissions should not exceed 250 words.

  • Submissions open on the 9th of April @10h00 and close on the 21st of April @ 10h00. Unfortunately, no late submissions will be considered.

Categories & Prizes

  • There will be 3 winners; 1 for each category: 1 winner for the best video submission, 1 winner for the best written submission and 1 winner for the "People's Choice".

  • Each winner will receive a R1000 Takealot voucher!

  • You are welcome to make group submissions if you wish, but there will still only be 1 voucher per category. You are more than welcome to enter both the video and written poem category.

  • The video and written submissions will be judged by spoken word poet: Puno Selesho.

  • For the "People's Choice" winner, submissions will be made available on the 28th of April on the NWU website in order for you to be able to view the submissions and cast your vote.


Voting will take place from 28 April-5 May.

Please keep a lookout on the NWU website for the link to be able to vote when this opens on the 28th of April.


The winners will be announced during the last event of RAW on the 7th of May 2021 at the Ilobolo panel discussion from 10h00-11h30.

When the final Racial Awareness Program 2021 is released, details for how to sign up for this session will be made available.

Good luck!


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Contact details: 

Please contact Michelle Groenewald if you experience any difficulty.