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Corina van der Spoel

Corina van der Spoel

Corina van der Spoel


Corina van der Spoel is founding manager of Boekehuis, a bookshop established in 2000 in Johannesburg. Past jobs include working for a publisher and working as a journalist in both print and radio media, here and abroad. She has been a judge for the Sunday Times Literary Award several times and is also on the jury for the UJ prize for Creative Writing in Afrikaans.

 
JC Blyk

JC Blyk

JC Blyk


JC Blyk, as JC Van, Johannes van Jerusalem and even Christo van Staden, is a veteran of the infamous Bekgeveg poetry show. He wrote Eros ontbind (Protea 2006). His instrument is a Tibetan singing bowl. He has a bag full of stones and bones.

 
Sarah Nuttall

Sarah Nuttall

Sarah Nuttall


Sarah Nuttall is Research Professor in English at the University of Stellenbosch. She worked for ten years at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) in Johannesburg. She is the author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-Apartheid and co-editor most recently of Load Shedding: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa and Johannesburg – The Elusive Metropolis.

 
Finuala Dowling

Finuala Dowling

Finuala Dowling


Finuala Dowling is a poet, novelist and creative writing teacher. Her first poetry collection, I flying, won the Ingrid Jonker Prize. Her second, Doo-Wop Girls of the Universe, was joint winner of the Sanlam Prize for poetry, and her third, Notes from the dementia ward, won the Olive Schreiner Prize.

She has read at the Aldeburgh Festival, at Snape Maltings, and at all major South African literary festivals. Her third novel, Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart, will be published by Kwela in May.

 
Khanyisile Mbongwa

Khanyisile Mbongwa

Khanyisile Mbongwa


Performing artist, dance facilitator and poet Khanyisile Mbongwa hails from one of the older townships of Cape Town, Gugulethu. She has a strong passion for youth development, which has formed a focus in her career. In 2006, she was amongst the founding members of a robust and innovative arts collective called Gugulective, focusing on performance-based practices around re-imagining the psychological and physical spaces of the township using photomontage, video and sound. She exhibited and performed in and around Cape Town and Johannesburg, in Berlin, Hamburg and Sri Lanka. In 2010 she had a solo exhibition at Blank Project Space entitled “Ndizakuyivula Ibhayibile”. She was also a board member of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), Western Cape, in 2008.

Currently studying at Stellenbosch University for a BA in Humanities, she is one of the founding members of Urban Scapes, a movement based in Stellenbosch that engages with space through the historical and contemporary urban landscape – examining the credo of identity informed by language, race and sex. She continues to produce and perform in her own right, while contributing to the various collectives.

 
Daniel Roux

Daniel Roux

Daniel Roux


Daniel Roux lectures English at Stellenbosch University where he teaches, among other things, literary theory. He is not very good at writing pithy biographies because he knows they survive one, like epitaphs.

 
Gus Ferguson

Gus Ferguson

Gus Ferguson


Gus Ferguson is a poet, cartoonist and pharmacist with eight poetry collections to his credit. A major figure in South African poetry circles, he has published numerous South African poets through Snailpress and its imprints and in his poetry journal, Carapace. Among the poetry and publishing prizes he has won are the AA Via Award, the Eleanor Anderson Special Award and the Molteno Medal.

Gus Ferguson’s published works include the poetry anthologies Snail Morning (1978), Doggerel Day (1982), Carpe Diem (1992), The Herding of the Snail, with Niki Daly (1995), Icarus Rising, Light Verse at the End of the Tunnel (1996), Stressed-Unstressed (2000), and Arse Poetica (2003). He has also published the cartoon collections Love Amongst the Middle-Aged and Waiting for Gateau (2004).

 
Dominique Botha

Dominique Botha

Dominique Botha


Dominique Botha is completing a Masters in Creative Writing at Wits. She lives in Johannesburg with her husband and four children.

 
Ingrid Hurwitz

Ingrid Hurwitz

Ingrid Hurwitz


Ingrid Hurwitz is currently a candidate for the MA in Creative Writing at Wits. Her work is creative non-fiction and explores the condition of everyday living and the sometimes bizarre histories of everyday things and experiences, defamiliarising what we often take for granted. The writing is an attempt to both overcome psychotic alienation and to provide some intellectually stimulating entertainment. Our galaxy is predicted to collide with one of its neighbours in around 5 billion years’ time, and until then we should not give up trying to make a tiny bit of sense of what the…is going on.

 
Ashraf Jamal

Ashraf Jamal

Ashraf Jamal


Ashraf Jamal teaches Art History & Visual Culture at Rhodes University. An interdisciplinarian whose primary interests include philosophy and literary and maritime studies, he is coauthor of Art in South Africa: The Future Present (1996); author of Predicaments of culture in South Africa (2005); and coeditor of Indian Ocean Studies: Social, Cultural & Political Perspectives (2010). He has also written and directed plays, a novel (Love themes for the wilderness, 1996), and short stories, including “The Shades,” winner of the Sanlam Prize (2002).

 
Uhuru Phalafala

Uhuru Phalafala

Uhuru Phalafala


Uhuru Phalafala is a lecturer in the English department at Stellenbosch University. Her interest in literary studies and research traces cultural solidarities and networks created by exiled South African cultural figures under apartheid. She is currently writing South African poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile’s biography.

 
John Eppel

John Eppel

John Eppel


I was born in Lydenburg in 1947. My maternal grandparents had a dairy farm 12 miles out of town, called Spitzkop. I grew up and still live in Zimbabwe. I am a school teacher. I have three children: Ben, Ruth, and Joe. I have thirteen books of poetry and prose to my name, and would have more had I the time.

 
Michelle Solomon

Michelle Solomon

Michelle Solomon


Michelle Solomon is doing her Masters in journalism and media studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where she also works as a freelance researcher and journalist. When she’s not out sniffing for stories, she takes a particular interest in research about media ethics and self-regulation.

 
Mandy de Waal

Mandy de Waal

Mandy de Waal


Mandy de Waal is a writer and journalist who reports on technology, corruption, business, psychopaths, scams, science, the media sector and whatever else she finds interesting. Back in journalism after spending time in the corridors of corporate greed, de Waal has written for Mail & Guardian, Noseweek, Brandchannel (New York) and a number of other good titles. She now writes for The Daily Maverick because it’s the smart thing to do. A judge for the Discovery Health Journalism Awards, de Waal also sits on the panel of judges for the PICA Awards convened by the Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa. de Waal has a predilection for good coffee, smart atheists, intelligent writing and well constructed arguments.

 
Richard Poplak

Richard Poplak

Richard Poplak


Richard Poplak was born in Johannesburg and immigrated to Canada with his family a few months before Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990. Richard trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials. His first book was called Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa (Penguin, 2007); his follow-up, entitled The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop-Culture in the Muslim World (Soft Skull, 2010), is out now. Richard has also written the experimental journalistic graphic novel Kenk: A Graphic Portrait (Pop Sandbox, 2010). Ja, No, Man was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award and voted one of the Top-10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine.

 
David Tyfield

David Tyfield

David Tyfield


David Tyfield has an MA with distinction in creative writing (poetry) from UCT. He lives in Cape Town and works as a freelance writer and editor. He is currently writing a PhD proposal.

 
Rebecca Hodes

Rebecca Hodes

Rebecca Hodes


Rebecca Hodes was named one of the Mail and Guardian‘s ‘200 Young South Africans You Must Take Out For Lunch’. Hodes was selected due to her academic achievements, her work with the Treatment Action Campaign’s research department, and her founding of the Students HIV/AIDS Resistance Campaign (the largest student-led HIV organisation in South Africa). Hodes’s current research focuses on the problems confronting South Africa’s roll-out of antiretroviral treatment. She is also busy converting her doctoral thesis (Oxford, 2008) into a book about HIV on television.

 
Louis Roux

Louis Roux

Louis Roux


Louis Roux studied at the Drama Department before defecting to English, though he is still trying to be active in the theatre world. He is currently completing his Honours in English Studies. He enjoys pina coladas, long walks on the beach and staring into The Abyss That Stares Back (preferably while enjoying aforementioned pina colada). His aspirations include publishing a novel or poetry collection and having a stress-related heart attack before the age of 25. He should never be taken seriously, except for when he should be.

 
Maria Geustyn

Maria Geustyn

Maria Geustyn


Maria Geustyn hails from the leafy depths of Stellenbosch. Having recently completed her MA studies at Stellenbosch University, she is an administrative beast and coffee addict. Though better recognized in her youth as a garden-variety drama kid, she is now more readily identified as that streak of supersonic orange light in your peripheral vision. Her talents include corridor skateboarding, wing-manning, climbing on things, inhaling sushi, speaking French to car guards and, allegedly, gumboot dancing.

 
Toni Stuart

Toni Stuart

Toni Stuart


Toni Stuart is a poetry writer, performer and developer. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and she has performed both locally and abroad. She is particulalry passionate about using poetry as a tool for personal and social change.

 

Reviewers

Grace Kim

Grace Kim

Grace Kim


Grace Kim moved to South Africa at the age of 2, and has considered this country home ever since. Having drifted in the Stellenbosch University English Department corridors from first year to Masters, she now finds herself a proud alumnus. Her hobbies are eating poets for breakfast, finding one-line treasures, and composing third-person biographies. Read more: http://about.me/gracekim or follow her on http://www.twitter.com/gracefaceza

 
Petrus du Preez

Petrus du Preez

Petrus du Preez


Petrus du Preez ontvang sy B.A. Kommunikasiekunde graad aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat. Daarna begin hy met sy nagraadse studies aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch waar hy sy M.Dram en D.Phil in Drama en Teaterstudie ontvang. Tussendeur die studies is hy in verskillende gedaantes by die teater betrokke. As akteur was hy onder andere te sien in Maria de Buenos Aires, A Midsummernight’s Dream, die Aardklop speelvak van Romeo + Julia (studie van ‘n verdrinkende liggaam) en As Mure kon praat, Slaghuis, Die Storm en Lawwe Geluide en Derde Party en Diensmeisies. As mede-regisseur was hy betrokke by produksies soos Moeders en Dogters, Toorberg en Want kyk, die Bruidegom is hier. Hy skryf ook vir die teater en spesialiseer in kinderproduksies en poppeteater. Een van sy kinderstukke Die Slapende Skoonheid waarvan hy die teks geskryf het en die regie behartig het, ontvang die Kanna vir Kinderteater by die ABSA-KKNK in 2008. Hy is tans ‘n senior lektor aan die Drama Departement by Universiteit Stellenbosch en mede-redakteur van die South African Theatre Journal.

 
Lucy Valerie Graham

Lucy Valerie Graham

Lucy Valerie Graham


Lucy Valerie Graham grew up in the Eastern Cape. She has a doctorate in South African literature from Oxford University, and her book, State of Peril: Race and Rape in South African Literature, is forthcoming from OUP in 2012. She lectures at Stellenbosch University.

 
Joan Hambidge

Joan Hambidge

Joan Hambidge


Joan Helene Hambidge is op 11 September 1956 op Aliwal-Noord gebore. Sy matrikuleer aan die Hoërskool Standerton. In 1979 verwerf sy haar BA Honneursgraad aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Sy voltooi haar MA-graad aan die Universiteit van Pretoria onder leiding van prof. Elize Botha en verwerf ’n PhD aan die Universiteit van Rhodes onder prof. André P. Brink se leiding. Sy is dosent en later ook hoogleraar aan die Universiteit van die Noorde, en sedert 1992 is sy verbonde aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad. In 2001 behaal Joan haar tweede doktorsgraad, dié keer in kultuurstudies, aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad. Sy is tans ’n professor in Afrikaans en Kreatiewe Skryfwerk aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad.
Joan debuteer in 1985 met die bundel, Hartskrif , en ontvang die Eugène Marais-prys in 1986 vir haar tweede bundel Bitterlemoene. Haar 23ste digbundel, Visums by verstek, het in 2011 verskyn.

 
Andrea Buchanan

Andrea Buchanan

Andrea Buchanan


Andrea Buchanan grew up in Port Elizabeth, and completed a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies, as well as her Honours in English, at Rhodes University. After working for several years as a copywriter and proofreader, she is now an MA student at Stellenbosch University’s English department. Her MA dissertation will be focused on Justin Cartwright’s novels set in England.

 
Hedley Twidle

Hedley Twidle

Hedley Twidle


Hedley Twidle grew up in Namaqualand and outside Johannesburg, studied at Oxford, Edinburgh and York, and is now a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town. His research interests include: South African literature, history and performance culture; environmentalism, literature and ecocriticism in a postcolonial context; the relation between the colonial archive and the contemporary writer. For the last few years he has also worked as a researcher and copy-editor on (as well as contributor to) a forthcoming Cambridge History of South African Literature (2012), edited by David Attwell and Derek Attridge. His doctoral work explored the difficult relation between natural and social histories at the Cape, and has been developed into a monograph titled Sea | Point | Contact: Cape Town, Natural History and the Literary Imagination. His current project concerns the current popularity of ‘creative’ or ‘literary’ non-fiction in South Africa.
Further details about his academic (and other) writing can be found at the following websites:
Hedley Twidle at the department of English
sea | point | contact

 
Karen Scherzinger

Karen Scherzinger

Karen Scherzinger


Most of Karen Scherzinger’s life is divided between being Chair of the Department of English at the University of Johannesburg, and mother to three teenagers. She has a lifelong passion for the work of Henry James; she has also written on the work of Don DeLillo, Yann Martel, Kazuo Ishiguro, Michiel Heyns and Colm Toíbín.

 
Margaret Orr

Margaret Orr

Margaret Orr


Margaret Orr works at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she is Director of the Centre for Learning, Teaching, and Development. She is a former professor of English for specific purposes.

 
Leila Bloch

Leila Bloch

Leila Bloch


Leila Bloch has a degree in Drama and English from UCT. Since then she’s been involved in a number of writing projects including performing her poetry in Cape Town and reviewing local theatre and music for Mahala.

 
Karlien van der Schyff

Karlien van der Schyff

Karlien van der Schyff


Karlien van der Schyff lives in Cape Town. She dreams about dismantling patriarchy, finishing her PhD and little pink cupcakes, but not always in that order.

 
Jonathan Amid

Jonathan Amid

Jonathan Amid


Jonathan Amid was born in Jerusalem but grew up in the coffee shops of Stellenbosch. He finds writing about himself in the third person a curious activity, and avoids literary incidents with dogs in the night. After completing an MA on the works of Michael Ondaatje in 2010 and several years as an English tutor, his future plans lean towards a generous helping of reading and writing – for business and pleasure – on South African crime writing, and continuing to explore the relationship between imagination, books and bodies.

 
Suzy Bell

Suzy Bell

Suzy Bell


Suzy Bell has an MA in Creative Writing from UCT. A performance art poet, cultural activist, picture comic book author, festival director and founder of African Artists Unite as One and the Amani Arts Festival in Khayelitsha, celebrating cultural diversity, she makes a modest living as a weekly arts columnist and wine blogger. www.isuzybell.tumblr.com Twitter: @isuzybell

She is a winner of the Impress Writers Short Story Competition and was selected as a writer for the first online: LITNET Literary Writer’s Conference opened by Nelson Mandela. She was a selected writer to take part in the SA New Plays Programme sponsored by Wits & The British Council at this year’s National Arts Festival.

 
Andries Visagie

Andries Visagie

Andries Visagie


Andries Visagie is sedert 2011 professor in Afrikaanse en Nederlandse letterkunde aan die Universiteit van Pretoria. Hy is gebore in Kaapstad, word groot in Stellenbosch en studeer later aan die Universiteite van Stellenbosch en Utrecht. In 2004 promoveer hy onder die leiding van Louise Viljoen met ’n studie, Manlike subjektiwiteit in die Afrikaanse prosa vanaf 1980-2000. Hy was vantevore as dosent in Afrikaans en Nederlands verbonde aan die Universiteite van Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal en Unisa. Sy navorsingsbelangstelling is veral gerig op die Afrikaanse en Nederlandse prosa met toespitsing op gender, outobiografiese tekste en globalisering. Artikels van hom verskyn in vaktydskrifte soos Stilet, Tydskrif vir letterkunde, Tydskrif vir Nederlands en Afrikaans en Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap. Tans is hy die resensieredakteur van Tydskrif vir letterkunde. Sy huidige navorsing is veral gerig op eietydse utopiese en distopiese prosatekste binne die konteks van globalisering, tekste wat gereeld ’n uitdaging stel aan die globale kapitalisme. Een van sy mees resente publikasies verskyn in die boek Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative. Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk (Routledge, 2011) met Paul Crosthwaite as redakteur. As resensent lewer Andries Visagie gereeld bydraes oor die Afrikaanse prosa en poësie. Verder is hy ondervoorsitter van die Afrikaanse letterkundevereniging en voorsitter van die Noordelike Kennisnetwerk vir Neerlandistiek.

 
Sean O'Toole

Sean O'Toole

Sean O'Toole


Sean O’Toole is a Cape Town-based journalist, art critic and writer. Formerly the editor of the magazine Art South Africa (2004-10), he writes a bi-monthly art column for frieze magazine (London) and is a regular contributor to the Sunday Times and Mail & Guardian. In 2006 he published an (“uneven”) collection of short stories, The Marquis of Mooikloof and Other Stories , which included a story that won the 2006 HSBC/SA PEN Literary Award. He has contributed to various books and catalogues, including The World Belongs to You (Palazzo Grassi/Electa, 2011), Alias (Photomonth in Krakow, 2011), Ampersand – A Dialogue of Contemporary Art from South Africa & the Daimler Art Collection (Hirmer Verlag, Berlin, 2010), Positions (Goethe-Institut/Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, 2010), Lyon Biennial 2007: The History of a Decade That Has Not Been Named (JRP/Ringier, 20007) and Ghetto (Trolley Books, 2004). He recently collaborated with artists Lisa Brice, Joachim Schonfeldt and Malcolm Payne on a series of ficto-critical short fictions.

 
Chris Dunton

Chris Dunton

Chris Dunton


Chris Dunton was born in the UK and educated at Oxford. He has taught in universities in Nigeria, Libya and South Africa and is currently Professor of Literature in English at the National University of Lesotho. He has published widely on African literature and is the author of a short story collection, Boxing (African Books Collective).

 
Danson Kahyana

Danson Kahyana

Danson Kahyana


Danson S. Kahyana is a PhD student in the English Department, Stellenbosch University. He has published poems and short stories in anthologies and a children’s novel, Biira’s Success, that has been translated into Kinyarwanda. He teaches in the Literature Department, Makerere University.

 
Willem Anker

Willem Anker

Willem Anker


Willem Anker doseer skeppende skryfkunde en Afrikaanse letterkunde aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Hy is die skrywer die roman Siegfried en dramatekste soos Skroothonde, Slaghuis, Sakrament en Skrapnel.

 
Dawn Promislow

Dawn Promislow

Dawn Promislow


Dawn Promislow was born and raised in South Africa, and has lived in Toronto since 1987. Her collection Jewels and Other Stories was published in 2010. One of the collection’s stories was short-listed for UK-based Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize 2009, while the title story was anthologized in TOK: Writing the New Toronto, Book 5. Jewels and Other Stories was launched in South Africa at Open Book Cape Town in September of this year, and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award 2011.

 
Kavish Chetty

Kavish Chetty

Kavish Chetty


Kavish is a career alcoholic who can most often be found dimly secreting consciousness in a nearby gutter.

 
Lara Buxbaum

Lara Buxbaum

Lara Buxbaum


Lara Buxbaum is a PhD candidate at Wits University. She has experience teaching English as a second language to post-matric students and is an associate editor for the journal English Studies in Africa.

 
Emma O’Shaughnessy

Emma O’Shaughnessy

Emma O’Shaughnessy


Emma is completing her Phd at the University of Cape Town, in the English Department. Her doctoral research centres on postapartheid literary culture and urbanism. She is the managing editor of the Centre for African Studies’ graduate journal, postamble. She teaches both at UCT and in a non-governmental education programme in Cape Town and works on a a variety of film and writing projects.

 
Mario Maccani

Mario Maccani

Mario Maccani


Mario Maccani was born and raised in Worcester. After high school he studied Fine Art at the Cape Technikon, and then completed a BA at the University of Cape Town, MA at the University of South Africa, and PhD at the University of Pretoria. He taught English and art in South Korea and Taiwan for twelve years. His interests are popular culture and art.

 
Kerneels Breytenbach

Kerneels Breytenbach

Kerneels Breytenbach


Kerneels Breytenbach het in 1974 by Beeld begin as vakansiewerker, en in 1976 voltyds by Beeld se kunsredaksie aangesluit. In September 1976 is hy oorgeplaas na Die Burger, waar hy 13 jaar in die Kunsredaksie gedien het, 7 daarvan as Kunsredakteur. In 1989 het hy by H&R aangesluit as Uitgewer: Algemene Publikasies, en Koos Human in 1995 opgevolg as Hoofbestuurder. Met die samevoeging van al Naspers se algemene uitgewerye om NB-Uitgewers te vorm in 2001, het hy Publikasiehoof van dié groep geword, wat hy gebly het tot sy aftrede in 2009. Hy was van 1980 tot 1994 Huisgenoot se popmusiek-skrywer, en was vir sy termyn by Die Burger ook dié koerant se pop-kritikus.

 
Marie Jorritsma

Marie Jorritsma

Marie Jorritsma


Marie Jorritsma completed her PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 2006 and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her monograph, “Sonic Spaces of the Karoo: The Sacred Music of a South African Coloured Community” has recently been published by Temple University Press.

 
Bill Nasson

Bill Nasson

Bill Nasson


Bill Nasson was born in 1952 in Cape Town. He is the author of several history books and a Professor of History at Stellenbosch University.

 
S J Naudé

S J Naudé

S J Naudé


S J Naudé studeer voorgraads in Pretoria en nagraads aan Cambridge en Columbia Universiteit. Ná jare as regspraktisyn in New York en Londen keer hy in 2010 terug na Suid-Afrika vir ‘n meestersgraad in kreatiewe skryfkunde aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. In 2011 debuteer hy met ‘n bundel verhale getiteld Alfabet van die Voëls. Hy woon tans in Kaapstad.

 
Neville Alexander

Neville Alexander

Neville Alexander


Until 31 December 2011, Director of the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA), which is a Research Unit in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town. Since 1994, PRAESA has focused on language policy in education with special reference to multilingual education and first-language (conventionally, mother-tongue) medium. In this capacity, Alexander has played a key role as advisor on language policy to various government departments. This culminated in him being asked in November 1995 by the then Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology to chair a Language Plan Task Group (LANGTAG) which had to draw up the outline for a national language plan. This plan has served as guideline for legislation pertaining to language issues. Until March 1998, he was also Vice-Chairperson of the Pan South African Language Board. In the period November 1999-December 2003, he was Convenor of a Special Advisory Panel on Language Policy to the Minister of Arts and Culture. Until December 2005, he was a member the Western Cape Language Committee since its inception. He is a member of the Interim Governing Board of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN).

He has written many books and articles and writes regularly on issues of ethnic and racial prejudice and on the politics of identity.

 
Bernard van der Merwe

Bernard van der Merwe

Bernard van der Merwe


Bernard van der Merwe is a poet from Strand. In 2010 he received a BA Humanities (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University, majoring in Philosophy and Literature. He is currently studying LLB at Stellenbosch University.

 
Sarah Emily Duff

Sarah Emily Duff

Sarah Emily Duff


Sarah Emily Duff is an NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her research project, ‘Imperial Babies: Mothercraft and the Politics of Childhood in the British Empire’, considers the global impact of the Mothercraft Movement between the two World Wars. She is interested in histories of age, the body, food, and consumerism. Sarah also volunteers for Right2Know, a freedom of information campaign.

 
Charl-Pierre Naudé

Charl-Pierre Naudé

Charl-Pierre Naudé


Charl-Pierre Naudé has had two volumes of Afrikaans poetry published: Die Nomadiese Oomblik (Tafelberg, 1995) and In die geheim van die dag (Protea, 2005). The first received the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 1997. The second was awarded the M-Net Prize for Afrikaans Poetry in 2005 and the Protea Prize in the same year. Naudé’s first English volume of poetry, Against the light, apeared late in 2007. In 2009 a limited bibliophile edition of some poems appeared in a Dutch/Afrikaans bilingual presentation. He works as a freelance journalist and is a regular columnist for the Afrikaans daily newspaper, Beeld.

 
Jacomien van Niekerk

Jacomien van Niekerk

Jacomien van Niekerk


Jacomien van Niekerk is ’n lektor in die Departement Afrikaans aan die Universiteit van Pretoria. Sy bied kursusse in Afrikaanse poësie, prosa en drama aan. Haar navorsingsbelangstellings sluit Afrikaanse drama, orale literatuur en die werk van Antjie Krog in. Sy is tans besig met ’n DLitt-proefskrif oor Antjie Krog.

 
Anneke Villet

Anneke Villet

Anneke Villet


Anneke Villet studied to become an actress, but then didn’t. She now works as a writer, script editor and producer at Light & Dark Films in Cape Town, which is great, because she gets to learn something new every day and wear whatever she wants to work. In her free time she likes to watch American cable television, drink wine and talk about cinema.

 
Tembi Charles

Tembi Charles

Tembi Charles


My name is Tembi Charles. Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Currently a student of English Literary Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. I have an insatiable curiosity so I am happiest when I am exposed to new knowledge, different people and surroundings. The library is my second home, although very often you will find me in a coffee shop “people watching”. I love reading but there are not enough hours in the day for that! My favourite authors are William Faulkner and closer to home, Chinua Achebe and J M Coetzee. Like everyone I know, I hope to publish “the” novel someday soon!

 

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Marlene van Niekerk

Marlene van Niekerk

Marlene van Niekerk


Marlene van Niekerk was born on 10 November 1954 on the farm Tygerhoek near Caledon. She attended school in Riviersonderend and Stellenbosch, where she matriculated at Bloemhof High School. She studied at the University of Stellenbosch and completed her Master’s Degree in Philosophy in 1978, followed by a Doctorate in Philosophy in the Netherlands in 1985.
Her debut poetry volume, Sprokkelster, was published in 1977. She was awarded both the Eugène Marais Prize and the Ingrid Jonker Prize for this. Her first novel, Triomf, was published in 1995 and was awarded, amongst others, the Noma Prize for the best publication from Africa. Ten years later Agaat was published. This novel won six awards, amongst which the Hertzog Prize for prose (2004). The English translation of Agaat was also awarded the Sunday Times Literary Award. Her most recent work, Die Sneeuslaper, appeared in 2010.

Marlene is currently a Professor of creative writing at the University of Stellenbosch.

 
Leon de Kock

Leon de Kock

Leon de Kock


Leon de Kock is the founder-originator of SLiP, incorporating www.slipnet.co.za, the Inzync Poetry Sessions, and related SLiP initiatives. He is the author of Bad Sex (novel), three volumes of poetry, several book-length works of literary translation (including Triomf) and over fifty peer-reviewed academic articles, spanning an academic career of more than 30 years.

 
Evan Davies

Evan Davies

Evan Davies


Born in 1962, Evan Davies is a qualified architect who prefers to farm in a remote part of the Klein Karoo “where style and murder end”. He has written poetry since his unwilled involvement in the Angolan War in 1982. One of his great loves is music, and he has been influenced by the symbolist poetry to be found in much of rock and roll. He is preoccupied with science, renewable energy, nature and ethical atheism. Among his other important experiences are flying, horse riding, game guiding and travel. He is divorced and is devoted to his two young sons.

 
Greg Penfold

Greg Penfold

Greg Penfold


Greg Penfold works as an editor for a trade magazine publisher. He used to translate straight-to-tv film scripts. Currently he is doing an MA late in life at Stellenbosch in a bid for respectability.

 
Bruno Andries

Bruno Andries

Bruno Andries


Die vertaler/digter/liriekskrywer Bruno F.A. Andries is gebore in Duffel (België) in 1960 en woon en werk sedert 1980 in Suid-Afrika. Hy het ’n agtergrond in klassieke tale (Latyn en Grieks). Hy is ’n Geakkrediteerde Professionele Vertaler (SAVI) en ’n beëdigde vertaler in Frans, Nederlands, Duits en Afrikaans. Sy lirieke van “Bonnie and Clyde” (wenlirieke gekies deur Karen Zoid in Litnet/Sanlam Sing’it kompetisie) en Franse vertaling van die “Sonkring” temalied is opgeneem deur Helena Hettema op haar CD “Rooiwynliefde” en hy skryf op die oomblik lirieke vir Maritza.