Natalia Molebatsi

Poet

Natalia Molebatsi says she can't remember when she started writing poetry because "it has always been in the blood�. The editor of We Are� A Poetry Anthology brought together work written by local poets Lebo Mashile, Napo and others in the collection. Molebatsi has had her work translated into Italian and Dutch in academic literary journals such as Kuma and Les Simpledadi. She has also contributed to more than 10 anthologies, including the bilingual I nostri semi/Peo tsa Rona and The Goddess Awakened. But it is her work coordinating marketing activities at Unisa's library and facilitatating workshops on sexuality, human rights and creative writing in schools and universities around South Africa and Italy that is helping to transform the next generation. � Karabo Keepile

Lunch spot: Queen of Sheba, Sunnyside, Pretoria