Essay Publication and Panel Discussion

I've had an essay published in "Sport Versus Art: A South African Contest," edited by Chris Thurman and published by Wits University press. The launch is being held on Wednesday 19 May 2010 at the Sigrid Rausing Studio at the Fugard Theatre in District 6.

Sport Versus Art is a collection of essays, commentaries, personal memoirs and humorous pieces attempting to answer these and other questions about a fraught relationship at the heart of South Africa’s public life. There has never been a publication of this kind – it brings together a range of contributions from sport and arts journalists, arts practitioners, academics and other writers. The book’s appearance in 2010 is timely; the links between sport, the arts and public life in South Africa will continue to be a significant part of national discussions and debates at every level, from the shebeen and the braai all the way to parliament.

Sport and the arts may compete for sponsors and for public interest, but do they necessarily stand in opposition to one another? Why is it so often assumed that sport is popular because it is an unintelligent endeavour? And why is it apparently inevitable that there is an element of elitism in the arts? Have we drawn a false dichotomy between the two pursuits? What do we make of arts practitioners and ‘intellectuals’ who are passionate about sport? Or sports buffs who take a keen interest in literature, music, theatre, dance and the visual arts?