Hyphen, by Tania van Schalkwyk

Winner of the 2010 Ingrid Jonker Prize

‘a rich addition to English South African writing … there is not a single poem in this volume that does not expand the reader’s consciousness … this is a literary poetry, rich in ideas’ Ingrid Jonker Prize press release

Hyphen‘Tania van Schalkwyk’s poems are warm, sensuous memories that often shock and surprise at the same time … They are not just on inner space, but are poems of place, as they move from islands to the veld, from cities to the desert.’ Lindsey Collen, author of The Rape of SitaMutiny and Boy, and twice winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Africa

‘It is the special gift of Tania van Schalkwyk’s poems to translate into memorable speech a life which, given its diverse origins, might well have been “lost in translation”.’ Stephen Watson, Professor of English, University of Cape Town, and author of Return of the MoonPresence of the Earth, and The Other City

About the author

Tania_byNicPercival_300pxTania van Schalkwyk is the hybrid of a Hamburg sailor and a Mauritian artist, born in Africa, raised in Arabia and matured in Europe. She publishes, performs and exhibits her poetry and multi-media collaborations across the globe, and has an MA in Creative Writing from UCT. Tania lives between Cape Town and the Piketberg mountains.

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978-1-920218-34-8 (paperback print edition)
978-1-920218-35-5 (reflowable ebook edition)
978-1-920218-37-9 (PDF ebook edition)

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