Invite : Book discussion | Our Words, Our Worlds - Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000-2018 | 27 Aug | 6pm

Tuesday, 27 August, 2019 - 18:00

WiSER, the Governing Intimacies project and UKZN Press invite you to a book discussion

Our Words, Our Worlds
Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000-2018

Edited by
Makhosazana Xaba

This groundbreaking, multi-genre anthology answers the question: what did the literary landscape look like in South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century? It documents a slice of this landscape by bringing together the writings of over twenty contributors through literary critique, personal essays and interviews. The book tells the story of the seismic shift that transformed national culture through poetry and is the first of its kind to explore the history and impact of poetry by Black women, in their own voices. It straddles disciplines: literary theory, feminism, history of the book and politics – thus decolonising literary culture.


Makhosazana Xaba will be discussion with Nedine Moonsamy (Senior Lecturer, English Literature at the University of Pretoria and Editorial Assistant Nordic Journal of African Studies) and Moshibudi Motimele
(Sessional lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand with a Master’s degree in Political Studies).


Contributors present at the event include: Myesha Jenkins, duduzile zamantungwa mabaso, Makgano Mamabolo, Tereska Muishond, Qhakazambalikayise Mthembu, Napo Masheane and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.


The collective contributions are a testimony to the power of creativity and centrality of poetry in a changing society. This book is an assertion of Black women’s intellectual prowess and – as Gabeba Baderoon puts it – black women’s visions of ‘a world made whole by their presence’.    


The event will be chaired by Sinethemba Makanya (WiSER Medical Humanities Doctoral Fellow)


Tuesday, 27th August

WiSER Seminar Room
6th Floor, Richard Ward Building
East Campus, Wits University



Books will be on sale, at a Special Launch prize of R250



Makhosazana Xaba is currently a Research Associate at WiSER and a Governing Intimacies Project Fellow working on her long term project, biography of Helen Nontando Jabavu (Noni), the author of Drawn in Colour: African Contrasts (1960) and The Ochre People: Scenes from a South African Life (1963). Makhosazana is an anthologist, essayist, short story writer and poet. She has published three collections of poetry, these hands (2005 and 2017) Tongues of their Mothers (2008) and The Alkalinity of Bottled Water (2019). Her debut short story collection Running and other stories (2013) was a joint winner of the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award of the 2014 South African Literary Awards (SALA).