Inspiration along the way
A project to promote the written gems from various cultures will soon see the light on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. For the project, poems of local and international poets will be put up against walls, on sidewalks and on pedestals all over campus.
Prof. Wannie Carstens, director of the School for Languages, says this project has been in planning since 2012. "Actually, it was the brain child of Prof. Annette Combrink, former director and rector. I took a sabbatical in 2013, but promised myself that I would work on the project once back on the campus."
The Frans du Toit building already boasts a few poems. Personnel of the School for Languages will soon identify a few places on campus where the next poems will be mounted. Carstens says Lovers' Lane is first priority for local artists such as TT Cloete, Heilna du Plooy, Hans du Plessis, Ettienne Terblanche, Hein Viljoen, Jan Swanepoel, Bernard Odendaal, to mention but a few.
Poems in Afrikaans, English and Setswana will receive preference, but personnel and students are invited to make suggestions for poems in any language.
Prof. Heilna du Plooy says it is her dream to publish a book of poems representative of the poems on campus. "This must be like a map for campus and will also include information on the poets and poems."
Ultimately, this project must not only be seen on campus. The first prize is that it will spread to the rest of Potchefstroom, says Carstens.