- Category: PA 2004
Allan Kolski Horwitz was born in Vryburg in 1952 and grew up in Cape Town where he studied political philosophy and literature. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East , Europe and North America , returning to South Africa in 1986 when he worked in the trade unions as an organizer and educator. He currently works for a social housing association and member-controlled provident fund in Johannesburg . He was a founder member of the Botsotso Jesters and Botsotso Publishing. Horwitz espouses that we look to the streets, shebeens, sports fields, and jails where the intermingling of languages and cultures is taking place, which will give rise to an authentic speech and rhythm of an inclusive South African culture. To this end he calls for participation in a ‘linguistic experiment which is adequate to the task of expressing our lives’.
His first book of poems Call from the Free Statewas published in 1979. Substantial selections of his poetry have been included in Essential Things (COSAW, 1992) and Throbbing Ink(Timbila, 2003). Many South African anthologies and magazines have carried his writing. His fiction has been included in two collections – Unity in Flight (2001) and Un/common Ground(2002). His story ‘Courageous and Steadfast’ was shortlisted for the Caine Prize.