Sindiswa Busuku

Sindiswa Busuku is a creative writer and a lecturer in the Department of English Literary Studies at the University of Cape Town. She grew up in Durban. She has published various poems in local and international poetry journals. In 2016, she published her debut collection titled Loud and Yellow Laughter (Botsotso), a cross-genre assemblage of photographs, prose and poetry experimenting with imagination, memory and documentation. She was awarded second place for the 2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award. Her work was shortlisted for the 2016 Gerald Kraak Award for African Writers and Artists and the 2016 University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing in English. In addition, Loud and Yellow Laughter is the winner of the 2018 Ingrid Jonker prize for poetry.


Having been awarded a doctoral scholarship by the Graduate School for Arts and Social Sciences, she is currently reading for a Creative Writing PhD at the University of Witwatersrand. Her doctoral dissertation, And, In Those Honeyed Regions of Darkness, is an experimental work of poetic fiction stalked by the crisis of black histories and futurities. The literary work blends the surreal, marvellous, spiritual and scientific. The style of her writing is lyrical. And, In Those Honeyed Regions of Darkness is a story narrated through the aporetic figure of the black child, and is set in South Africa, situated, more specifically, in a fictional “past-future” (Nelson 2002).


Her teaching and research blur creative and critical methods and writing gen to imaginatively reconfigure the strictures that conventionally separate the poetic and the theoretical. Her current research focuses on ideas concerned with hybrid genres, the speculative imagination, archives, critical fabulations, and creative writing pedagogies.