About the Poet
David Chislett began writing poetry in 1980 and have never really stopped. In 1999 he won the Ernst Van Heerden Creative writing pize from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. This was followed in 2001, 2002 and 2003 by the Urban series of short fiction which he edited and contributed to. Then in 2009 I Ge'Ko publishing brought out David's first solo collection of short fiction, A Body Remembered. 2012 he published For You or Someone Like You, his debut poetry collection. He have been publishing on Patroen since 2018 and he performs in Amsterdam on a regular basis.
Social media and poetry may seem like odd partners, but they have a lot in common: short, emotion-filled spaces where anyone can express themselves.
Davids journey with poetry on social media began in 2009 when he started publishing a poem a day on Facebook. This turned into a book, a CD, performances, and, eventually, a Patroen page with international Patrons.
This 45-minute performance tells the story of that journey. Punctuated with readings, songs and anecdotes, the show traces his steps from tat first poem until today. It is a story that isn't finished, that the audience is a part of. Open to questions at any stage, each show twists and turns according to the audience's demands.
This is a story that traces its way from Johannesburg to London and Amsterdam... online and offline, with music, poetry and stories combining with a hugely interactive format that sets the audience free to participate.
It includes poems from 2009 as well as 2019, and everything in between.