I am a poet, performer and spoken word educator based in Cape Town, South Africa. My work is about listening for the stories that will help us heal. Poetry is how I listen. I’m the co-founder and facilitator of Athlone Young Poets – a youth poetry programme at Belgravia High School in Athlone, Cape Town. I geek for all forms of collaboration, productivity tools, & helping people develop the internal resources they need to become exactly who they want to be in the world. 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. Her work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books locally and abroad.
Her performances include, a group show at the Paris Autumn Festival 2013 (as part of France South Africa Seasons 2012/2013), poetry installation Here To Listen (London, 2015), poetry & film exhibition From My View with filmmaker Shelley Barry (South Africa, 2013); Stretching Silence with visual artist Firdous Hendricks (South Africa, 2013); sound installation Between Words and Images with curator & visual artist Ernestine White (South Africa, 2013).
In 2014 was part of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United exchange. In 2013 she was named in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans. She has an MA Writer/Teacher (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar.
She was the founding curator of Poetica, at Open Book Festival.
She works between Cape Town and London.
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