PA participants-01 07An award-winning poet and playwright, educator and editor, Kobus Moolman teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Making his third return to the Poetry Africa line-up, Moolman is regarded as one of South Africa’s leading lyrical poets.

Moolman has published six collections of poetry, namely, Time Like Stone, which was winner of the 2001 Ingrid Jonker Prize, Feet of the Sky (2003), winner of the 2009 DALRO Prize, AnatomySeparating the Seas which won the 2010 South African Literary Award for Poetry, Light and After and his most recent, Left Over (2013).

The editor of the literary journal Fidelities, from 1995 until 2007, Moolman has also published two collections of his awardwinning plays.

In 2010, Moolman edited and published Tilling the Hard Soil: Poetry, Prose and Art by South Africa Writers with Disabilities, then in 2012, was commissioned by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State to adapt the novel, The Madonna of Excelsior by Zakes Mda, for the stage.

Moolman was recently the Mellon Writer in Residence for three months in Grahamstown, courtesy of Rhodes University.

His latest collection, Left Over, describes the inner world of a man dealing with what Moolman calls ‘being in the flesh, being a body in the world’. Sparse but dense, the prose-like poetry is arresting in its intensity and power. As Cape Town critic Kelwyn Sole comments: “Kobus Moolman’s elliptical, foreshortened poetry opens up a world of exploration and heightened experience from which the reader eventually emerges, chastened but delighted. These are poems of acumen, depth and extraordinary pressure.”