Nominees

Poetry

Helen Moffett

Helen Moffett is a freelance writer, editor, academic and poet, who has lectured as far afield as Trinidad and Alaska. Her academic writings include a great deal of gloomy but necessary work on sexual violence in the post-apartheid context.

She writes about cricket because it reminds her why she likes men (and because she loves the game with a passion). She has also published a university textbook on poetry, an anthology of South African landscape writing and several short stories. Poetry is her first and last love, she went from teaching it to students to eventually writing her own. Her debut collection of poems, Strange Fruit, was published in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

Busiswa Gqulu

Busiswa Gqulu’s performance poetry journey started when she joined the collective Young Basadzi Women of Poetry in 2005. Since then, she has captivated audiences across various stages, including the National Arts Festival, Cape Town National Youth Festival and the Poetry Africa Festival.

Some of her career highlights include performing at the Malibongwe Dialogues and being the resident stage presenter at a major public viewing area in Durban during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Using her poetry as a means of reaching out across various platforms, Gqulu features as a poet on numerous community and nationwide radio stations. She also works for Art for Humanity (AFH).

 

 

 

 

Mbali Vilakazi

Mbali Vilakazi is an award-winning poet, performer, radio host and creative facilitator. She has performed extensively on national and international platforms at events such as Urban Voices, British Council’s ‘Verbalized’ UK Tour, TEDx, Cape Town Book Fair and The Three Furies (SA/UK/Holland Poetry Theatre Collaboration). She was the resident poet on the COP17 Climate Train.

She was awarded a silver medal at the Delphic Games and won a gold medal in NPR’s Poetry Olympics. As creative facilitator, Vilakazi conducts workshops in various contexts, including The United Nations Children’s Fund and Young in Prison, providing support, through the use of art and educational workshops, to incarcerated youth worldwide. Her areas of interest include the relationship between trauma and silence, women, young people, the natural world, memory and mythmaking.