07 May 2016 — 07 May 2016


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Catherine du Toit, Translations

Professor Catherine du Toit holds a degree from the University of Nantes and is a Doctor Litterarum et philosophiae in French from the University of Pretoria. Read More

James Matthews

A man of talent, compassion and remarkable integrity, James David Matthews, The Dissident Poet, was born in the Bo-Kaap nearly 87 years ago. Read More

Keorapetse Kgositsile

Professor Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile, considered one of South Africa’s most distinctive poetic voices since the l960s, is South Africa’s National Poet Laureate. Read More
Michel Deguy SQ

Michel Deguy

Born in Paris in 1930, French poet and philosopher Michel Deguy prefers to be named a 'writer of poems' or 'the poet I am seeking to be'. Read More

Yvette Christiansë

A poet, novelist, scholar, and librettist, Yvette Christiansë was born and raised in Johannesburg. Read More

Hans C. ten Berge

Known primarily as a poet, Dutch-born Hans C. ten Berge has also published prose fiction, essays, and translations. Read More

Efe Paul Azino

Widely regarded as one of Nigeria's leading performance poets, Efe has been a headliner at many of the nation's premier poetry venues. Read More

Maram al-Massri

Originally from Lattakia in Syria, Maram al-Masri settled in Paris in 1982. Read More

Dominique Botha

Festival Curator, Dominique Botha, co-founded and has co-curated the dancing in other words Spier Poetry Festival with Breyten Breytenbach since 2013. Read More

Neo Muyanga

Festival Musical Director Neo Muyanga’s contributions to South African cultural life as a composer, librettist, musician and cultural commentator are legion. His is an amazingly energetic creative life. Read More

Breyten Breytenbach

Festival founder and curator, poet, writer and activist, Breyten Breytenbach, was born (1939) on the banks of the Breërivier in the Little Karoo and studied at the University of Cape Town's Michaelis School of Fine Arts. Read More

Georges Lory

Former Head of Alliance Francaise in Southern Africa, Georges Lory has translated to French South African authors including Gordimer, Breytenbach, Krog and Njabulo Ndebele. Read More