We are pleased to welcome the following poets and writers to WSAN 2015:
Malika Ndlovu‘s words and productions have appeared on pages and stages all over South Africa, as well as in Austria, Uganda, USA, UK, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Ethiopia and the Philippines. She is a curator and presenter for Africa’s unique poetry podcasting platform Badilisha Poetry Radio (www.badilishapoetry.com) Her publications include Born in Africa But, Womb to World: A Labour of Love, Truth is both Spirit and Flesh, Invisible Earthquake: a Woman’s Journal through Stillbirth and two published plays: A Coloured Place and Sister Breyani. This mother of 3 sons believes life is ultimate poetry and that creativity is medicine inherent to us all – whether we access this to create art for the public or to heal and grow ourselves, to honour our humanity. This prolific poet, performer and arts activist originally from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal has lived in Cape Town for the last 17 years.
Kelwyn Sole grew up in Johannesburg and has degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London. He has published widely in local and international books and journals, mainly on issues pertaining to South African and postcolonial literature and culture, as well as being involved in published debates and polemics. He has also published six individual collections of poetry. He has won the Olive Schreiner Prize, the Sydney Clouts Prize and the Thomas Pringle Award for poetry, and was a runner-up for the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. He has won the AA Mutual Life/Vita Award and the Thomas Pringle Award for his critical work.
Henrietta Rose-Innes is a writer from Cape Town, currently based in Norwich, UK. Her fourth novel Green Lion has just been released by Penguin Random House SA (Umuzi). Her 2011 novel Nineveh was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the M-Net Literary Award, and in 2015 (in French translation, Ninive) it won the François Sommer Literary Prize. Her short novel Shark’s Egg (2000) was shortlisted for the 2001 M-Net Book Prize.
Henrietta’s short stories have appeared in various international publications, including Granta, AGNI and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. In 2012, her story ‘Sanctuary’ took second place in the BBC International Short Story Competition. Her story ‘Poison’ was awarded the 2008 Caine Prize for African Writing as well as the 2007 South African PEN Literary Award.
Lyndall Gordon grew up in Cape Town where she studied history and English, then nineteenth-century American literature at Columbia in New York. In 1973 she came to England through the Rhodes Trust. For many years she was a tutor and lecturer in English at Oxford where she is now Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College.
Virago has published her six biographies and two memoirs. Lyndall is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and member of PEN. She is married to Professor of Cellular Pathology, Siamon Gordon; they live in Oxford and have two grown-up daughters. Lyndall’s most recent South African memoir, Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and a Daughter, was released this year.
Toni Stuart is a Cape Town poet, performer and poetry developer who works locally and internationally. She appeared at the2010 Urban Voices International Poetry Festival and the Paris Autumn Festival in 2013, as part of France South Africa Seasons 2012 2013. In 2014, she was part of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United exchange, travelling to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Her work has been published in Looking Back Going Forward, Young Voices on 10 Years of Democracy (British Council, STE Publishers, 2004), The Ground’s Ear (Quickfox, 2011), Agenda Journal on Teenage Fertility and Desire (Routledge, 2012) and In the Heat of Shadows, South African Poetry 1996- 2013 (Deep South, 2014). In 2013, she was named as one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for her work in co-founding the NGO, I Am Somebody! She is currently a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar on the MA Writer/Teacher programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Denis Hirson is the editor of In the Heat of Shadows: South African Poetry 1996–2013, presenting work by 32 poets and including some translations from Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho and Xitsonga. This collection follows on from his anthology The Lava of this Land: South African Poetry 1960–1996. Denis was co-editor [with Martin Trump] of The Heinemann Book of South African Short Stories (Heinemann, 1994), and the author of an historical survey of South African literature, Worlds in One Country (Jacana 2011). He has also edited two anthologies of South African poetry in French translation, and has done much to promote South African literature in Europe.
Denis is the author of four books of memory: The House Next Door to Africa, I Remember King Kong (the Boxer), We Walk Straight So You Better Get Out the Way, White Scars (runner-up for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction), a poetry collection, Gardening in the Dark, and a novel, The Dancing and the Death on Lemon Street (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize).
Katharine Kilalea moved from South Africa to London in 2005 to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her first book, One Eye’d Leigh, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize for writers under 30. She has received Arts Council Awards for poetry, and her poems have appeared in publications including Carcanet’s New Poetries V, Best British Poetry 2011 and the The Forward Book of Poetry 2010.
Rita Barnard, who received her Ph.D. from Duke University, is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a secondary position as Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch and has been a visiting Professor at Brown University and a Mellon Distinguished Lecturer at Wits. She is currently serving as Director of the Comparative Literature Program and, for many years, was the Faculty Director of the Alice Paul Center and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program.
Her scholarly interests lie in African and South African literature and cultural studies, modernism and global modernities, twentieth-century American literature (especially the 1930s), contemporary cinema, and the novel as genre. To date, Rita Barnard has published two books: The Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance and Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writers and the Politics of Place. A third book project on global modernism is nearing completion. She is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela. She is also currently completing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Pretoria under the direction of Dr. David Medalie.
Isobel Dixon was born and educated in South Africa, and in Edinburgh where she completed Master’s degrees in English Literature and Applied Linguistics. She has translated novels from the Afrikaans and her debut poetry collection Weather Eye (Carapace, 2001) won the Sanlam and the Olive Schreiner Prizes in South Africa. Her second collection A Fold in the Map is published by Salt in the UK and Jacana in South Africa, with her third collection The Tempest Prognosticator published by Salt in the UK and Random Umuzi in South Africa. Isobel is a literary agent whose clients have won all the major South African literary awards, and the authors on her list have also won and been shortlisted for major international awards.