Sunday Times


- Carla Lever

Do you have a favourite ex­pe­ri­ence of where your sto­ry­telling has taken you?

Ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence mat­ters! Be­ing a mag­a­zine jour­nal­ist taught me a lot about look­ing at the world ob­jec­tively, per­form­ing in par­lia­ment meant that the whole coun­try was lis­ten­ing to my voice and my art, and teach­ing young peo­ple gives me a spir­i­tual feel­ing of com­ing to meet the pur­pose of my tal­ent.

You re­cently held your self-funded po­etry com­pe­ti­tion – PrimPoetry – in Khayelit­sha. What was that like?

I am so in­spired by the tal­ent that ex­ists in our com­mu­ni­ties; the lan­guage skills of those po­ets are ex­cep­tional.

Tell us about the chil­dren’s book you’re work­ing on for Xhosa and English learn­ers.

This is a col­lec­tion of sto­ries that I think will make an im­pact on chil­dren to­day. It’s im­por­tant that I write in my mother tongue be­cause there are not many books that are writ­ten in our home lan­guages.

For more. go to­

“I got in­spired to write for chil­dren af­ter I had my son.” – Q&A with poet Prim­rose Mr­webi

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