Jolyn Phillips

Jolyn Phillips

Jolyn Phillips South Africa Jolyn Phillips was born in Gansbaai, in the Western Cape. In 2016 she published Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and Other Stories (collection of short stories), which was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Debut Prize for South African Literature and won the National Institute for the

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Thembinkosi Qwabe

Thembinkosi Qwabe South Africa Thembinkosi Blessing Qwabe is a qualified teacher (BA, HDE, BA Hons, Masters and PhD). As a widely published author, he has written and published in all genres in isiZulu. Some of his works have been and are prescribed in primary and high schools and also in

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The Black Sash

The Black Sash South Africa Shashi Simelane, commonly known as The Black Sash to her peers, is a performance poet, rapper, writer and student based in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal. She began writing poetry at a young age. However, she only started reciting to audiences at sixteen. Relatively young to the industry,

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Mongane Wally Serote

Mongane Wally Serote South Africa Mongane Wally Serote was born in Sophiatown, educated in Soweto and later at Columbia University. Together with Oswald Mtshali and Sipho Sepamla, he is among the most prominent South African township poets. Serote’s poems contain a strong element of political protest – he was tested

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MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi

MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi South Africa Muriel Mokgathi-Mvubu known by her pen name MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi was born in Mamelodi and is currently based in South Africa. She is a multifaceted artist, who is a writer, author, Poet, Performer, Theatre Actress, Translator, Cultural Activist, Teaching Artist, Arts Codes Adjudicator, Band Leader,

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Luleka Mhlanzi

Luleka Mhlanzi South Africa Luleka Mhlanzi is a performing poet, actress, creative writer and a youth activist who is currently based in Pietermaritzburg. She is a young lady who considers herself a realist and has decided to be an agent for change through programmes such as Gold Peer Education, Dlalanathi

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Busisiwe Mahlangu

Busisiwe Mahlangu South Africa Busisiwe Mahlangu is a writer, performer and TEDx Speaker from Mamelodi, Pretoria. Poetry is how she is learning to be brave and fearless. Her work is hard-hitting and raw, holding space for conversations around poverty, mental health, education, violence, and healing. She is the founder of

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