The Lost Lover book was curated by Australian French artist Julia Drouhin and Zimbabwean poet and publisher Thuthukani Ndlovu (The Radioactive Blog) to open discussion about a common feeling, love, and socio-cultural issues inspired by advertisements seen in the streets of Bloemfontein. These advertisements are printed in the same pink and blue coloured fonts with various phone numbers, pasted on walls in public spaces mostly in the CBD, aligned with keywords as “penis enlargement” or “safe and pain free abortion”, offering solutions for life problems.
Thuthukani and Julia then hosted poetry workshops in South Africa and Tasmania to collect responses to those posters and generate content for the Lost Lover book, acting as a score for a live broadcast in public space that will relay the participants voices through a network of community radio stations, A.I.R. (Altitude Immersive Radio).
Some of the project’s objectives were to create an international platform for young authors from different backgrounds to share ideas on a similar theme and be published and read in educational sites (school, library, university) in South Africa and Tasmania, as well as to promote the writing and performing of poetry.
Due to the limited number of printed copies (100), the digital version of the Lost Lover book will be available for free download here by the 9th of July 2018.
Bookmarks with QR codes linking to the Lost Lover e-book will be distributed during the live broadcast performances.
Authors: Nkhabu Armok, Felicia Atkinson, Lindiwe Bakaqa, Richie Cyngler, Selena De Carvalho, Rachel Edwards, Kay Da Word (Kananelo Khosi), Mbongeni Khumalo (Dominuis Litis), Arjan Kok, Raymond Letsitsa, Maanvrou – Lunar Lady (Elzette Boucher), Busisiwe Mahlangu, Hlengiwe Mbanjwa, Eyethu Mfazwe, Mohato (Moleboheng Morakabi), Reabetswebotle Mokone (IAMLimit), Tshepo Molefe, Ayanda Msweli, Thuthukani Ndlovu, Osiiiris (Thabo Happiness Masiza), Edith Perrenot, Toiwa Petronella (Nellah Nonkondlo Mtanenhlabathi), Bernadette Richards, Jubilee Rivombo, Nthabeleng Sekee, Louine Slater, Soil —, Supermaket Flowers (Lindokuhle Maphatwana), Bontle Tau, Th’Amare (Eric Ragoabe), Lerato Tsotetsi, Tumi “Wordshifter” (Itumeleng Makgoale), Vutivi (Baloyi Sharon), Xtreme Sanity (Mercy Dhliwayo)