I am a poet, performer and spoken word educator working between Cape Town and London. I am a poet who believes in listening as the catalyst for change. I’m particularly interested in the intersections of poetry & music, poetry & education and poetry & the digital space/tech. Here’s what I’m working on now.
Poetry gives people the power to make their voices heard
We have the right to determine how our histories are told
BBC Radio 4 – Writing A New South Africa
BBC Scotland – Poetry Postcards
IndieFeed Performance Poetry: Toni Stuart – Innocent Wisdom
Barpo: Barpo with Toni Stuart
Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans
British Council: Connect/ZA
InZync Poetry Session
Toni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator, who works both locally and internationally. She performed at the Paris Autumn Festival as part of France South Africa Seasons 2012/2013, and in 2014, was part of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United exchange. Her work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books in South Africa and internationally. In 2013, she was named in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans for her work in co-founding I Am Somebody! – an NGO that uses storytelling and youth development to build integrated communities. In 2014/2015 she was a Chevening Scholar in the UK where she graduated with an MA Writer/Teacher (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Her work uses poetry to interrogate a range of social issues such as the stories of place and displacement (The Calllings Performance as part of GIPCA’ Exuberance Project, Emancipation Day Commemoration at Reminiscence Theatre Festival), HIV/Aids (commission of Breath and Blood for University of Cape Town) and gender-based violence (Woman.Object.Corpse exhibition for Centre for African Studies, UCT). She was the founding curator of Poetica, at Open Book Festival, and ran The Silence That Words Come From – writing workshops that enabled people to explore their own voice.
She presently works between Cape Town and London – writing, performing and undertaking a number of inter-disciplinary collaborations with a range of artists.
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