Gabeba Baderoon


Gabeba sees her poetry to comment on the life journey of women in South Africa.

She received the prestigious DaimlerChrysler award for poetry in 2005. She was born in Port Elizabeth and grew up in Cape Town. Her latest volume, A Hundred Silences, explores love and loss wbile her previous collection, The Dream in the Next Body, traces a five-year odyssey from Cape Town to Sheffield – where she studied and Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in translation in Sweden, Spain and Germany and appeared in the United Kingdom anthology Worldscapes in 2005. Gabeba has read her poetry at festivals in Bremen, Berlin, Durban and Stockholm. In 2006, she will appear in Rotterdam, Bristol and London.

She is also a literature and media scholar and holds a PhD in English from the University of Cape Town. Her work can be found on her website,

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