Born in Port Elizabeth, Gabeba Baderoon grew up in Cape Town.

She uses her poetry to comment on the life journeys of women in South Africa and received the prestigious DaimlerChrysler award for poetry in 2005. Her latest volume, A Hundred Silences, explores love and loss; her previous collection, The Dream in the Next Body, traces her five-year odyssey from Cape Town to Sheffield in the United Kingdom – where she studied – to Pennsylvania in the United States. Her work appeared in the UK anthology Worldscapes in 2005 and translations of some works have been published in Sweden, Spain and Germany. Baderoon has delivered readings of her poetry at festivals in Bremen, Berlin, Stockholm and Durban and, last year, she appeared 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.

Lunch Spot: Perima's, Claremont; Saigon, Bukhara, Cape Town