Toni Giselle Stuart

About Toni Giselle Stuart

Toni Giselle Stuart works as a poet, performer and facilitator. In her words, “I write poems and stories that help us heal our inherited and ancestral traumas, and access our ancestral wisdoms and gifts, so we can remember who and what we truly are.”

Her work centres around healing and freedom, listening for the forgotten and buried histories and ‘herstories’ of mixed/Coloured/creole South Africans and then re-imagining and rewriting them so we can see and know ourselves as whole.

Her writing is published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books. Projects include “Krotoa-Eva’s Suite”, in collaboration with filmmaker Kurt Orderson (Amsterdam and Cape Town, 2016); “Poetry, Paramedics and Film” with filmmaker/health researcher Leanne Brady (2018); “I Come To My Body As A Question” with dotdotdot dance (UK & Sweden, 2016 – 2020); “What the Water Remembers at Woordfees” (2020); and “forgetting. and memory” with Vangile Gantsho & Vusumzi Ngxande at the Virtual National Arts Festival 2020.

Toni is a Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South African of 2013, and has an MA Writer/Teacher (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar. She was the founding curator of Poetica, at Open Book Festival.