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21. #womenwriters #readwomen Dawn Garisch recommends…

‘Marion Milner: An Experiment in Leisure. (Virago Press Limited, 1986). Brave process book where she examines her assumptions.’


Non-Fiction-EloquentBody-316x480Dawn Garisch’s book Eloquent Body was published by Modjaji in 2012.

Follow Dawn on Facebook: Dawn Garisch

Dawn Garisch has had five novels, two works of non-fiction and one poetry collection published. She runs courses in life writing and creative method.

20. #womenwriters #readwomen Rosemund Handler recommends…

‘I don’t have one favourite woman writer; I have many.  I can single out three women writers whose work I enjoy very much, who depict the complexities of suffering, struggling humanity with sensitivity, vision and compassion.   The writers are Kate Atkinson, Pat Barker and Rose Tremain.  The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker ranks high: comprised of three linked novels, it portrays real and fictional characters during the First World War, and deserved the Booker prize it won.’


us and themRosemund’s latest novel is Us and Them, published 2012 by Penguin. FOR THE DURATION is a poetry collection published by Botsotso in 2015, featuring my poetry as well as the work of Jana van Niekerk and Natalie Railoun.


Read her blog at:


Rosemund J Handler loves to hike the glorious mountains of Cape Town, where she lives. When she can, she escapes the city to view animals and birds in the vast open spaces of the beloved country – conducive to stargazing, wine sipping and the reading of good fiction. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and literary journals. Rosemund’s four novels are published by Penguin and are available in good bookstores and on e-books: Us and Them (2012) is the story of a Jewish family shackled to its heritage and the effect on twin daughters; Tsamma Season (2009) is set in the Kalahari Desert around 1900.  It was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize, Africa region; Madlands (2012) is about a woman with bipolar disorder.  The book was written during her MA in creative writing at UCT. Katy’s Kid (2008) is set in Cape Town, and is the story of two sex workers and a child.

Week Three #readwomen #womenwriters

Over the past week I have posted a further six posts with recommended reads by women writers.

This is a summary of those recommendations:

Week Three

In this third week of posting recommended reading by women writers  — in addition to South African women writers Crystal Warren, Helen Moffett, Joan Meterlerkamp and Beverly Rycroft — we have recommended reading from two overseas women writers: Welsh poet Sheenagh Pugh and Canadian poet Elly Nobbs.

19. #womenwriters #readwomen Elly Nobbs recommends…

‘Valerie Morton - Mango Tree (Indigo Dreams, 2013)

This poetry collection took me to places and situations I’ve never been myself. It’s about a young woman’s first trip to India in the 1960′s to be with her lover. We explore & feel the strangeness of the experience through her eyes. The poems are well-written, and as readers we share the adventure.’


Elly Nobbs


Elly’s latest poetry chapbook is The Invisible Girl (Doire Press, 2013)

Follow Elly on Twitter: @ellyfromearth

Or Facebook E.E. Nobbs

Elly lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Thanks to U.K. online courses & clinics (Bill Greenwell, Exeter U. and the Poetry School, London) she is blessed with having poetry friends from all around the world.

More about Elly can be found on her website: elly from earth, poet

18. #womenwriters #readwomen Crystal Warren recommends…

‘I struggled to pick just one book to recommend. How to choose just one writer when I love so many. So I ended up going with an anthology. BREAKING the silence : a century of South African women’s poetry, edited by Cecily Lockett (Parklands : Ad Donker, 1990).

This is a wonderful collection of poems. It brings together early poets such as Alice Buckton, Mary Byron, Mary Morison Webster, well known figures such as Ingrid de Kok, Ingrid Jonker, Ruth Miller, Gcina Mhlophe and Joan Metelerkamp, as well as introducing me to several poets whose work I had not read.’

Crystals poetry collection is called Bodies of Glass (2004 Aerial Publishing). a second collection Exodus is due out later this year.

Follow Crystal on Facebook: Crystal Warren

Crystal WarrenCrystal Warren grew up in Port Elizabeth but now lives in Grahamstown where she works at the National English Literary Museum. She has edited New Coin poetry magazine and taught a creative writing course. In-between she manages to occasionally do some writing of her own. Her poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies.

Hear Crystal read her poetry on Badilisha: Crystal Warren

17. #womenwriters #readwomen Helen Moffett recommends…

‘Just ONE?!? I’ve edited so many lovely ones, I’ll have to take refuge in history: Persuasion, by Jane Austen. An autumnal account of the realities of the marriage market for women; the fairytale ending highlights the plight of so many single educated women of that time – and reminds us that in many parts of the world, very little has changed.’


StrayedHelen’s latest book will be launched at Open Book Festival in October: Stray: An anthology of animal stories and poems, edited by Helen Moffett and Diane Awerbuck, published by Modjaji

Helen is also working on her next poetry collection, with the provisional title Found and Lost.

Follow Helen on Twitter @Heckitty

or Facebook: Helen Moffett

Helen Moffett has one of the best jobs in the world: editing really good books by talented writers. She’s a published author and poet, a passionate feminist who loves cricket, a recovering academic, and a flamenco fan. She loves to garden with a little help from her cats.

More about Helen can be found on: (A must visit to read her posts (rants) about women’s day/month/government department…)

16. #womenwriters #readwomen Sheenagh Pugh recommends…

‘The Man at the Corner Table (poetry collection) by Rosie Shepperd, ( Seren 2015). Because it’s funny, insightful and doesn’t sound like anyone else. See more at: Good God! There’s writing on both sides of that paper!‘


short_days_long_shadows72Pugh’s latest poetry collection Short Days, Long Shadows was published in 2014 by Seren 2014


Follow Sheenagh on Twitter: @sheenaghpugh


Or Facebook: Sheenagh Pugh


Sheenagh Pugh  spent most of her life in Wales lecturing in creative writing but she has now escaped and returned to the wild (Shetland).


More about Sheenagh can be found on her website: Sheenagh Pugh



Pugh’s poem ‘Days of November 2009′ is one of my favourite poems: (Sourced from –


Days of November 2009

Short days, long shadows:
sun rising low skims the hill.

Mending, making good, days full
of outdoor jobs, folk

racing to finish before dark,
before winter. Angled light, always

on the edge of leaving. These days
when every little thing feels urgent,

unmissable, when all you want
is to hold on to a lit rack

of cirrus, the taste of woodsmoke
catching your throat, a sleek seal

slipping back under, the farewell
of geese, scribbled in black arrows.




15. #womenwriters #readwomen Joan Meterlerkamp recommends…

‘I am reading and enjoying at the moment Marianne Boruch’s book of poems Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan University Press 2008).’

now the worldJoan Metelerkamp is a South African poet who lives outside Knysna on a family farm and teaches part-time in the MA Creative Writing at Rhodes University. She has had 8 books of poems published and her work can be found in many anthologies of South African poetry.

Her most recent book Now The World Takes These Breaths was published by Modjaji, 2014.


14. #womenwriters #readwomen Beverly Rycroft recommends…

‘Ruth Carneson’s Girl on the Edge. A moving and disturbing account of the daughter of a struggle icon. It details the price paid by the children of those who fought for a democratic South Africa.’
slim-green-silenceBeverly’s debut novel A Slim, Green Silence was recently published by Umuzi.
Beverly Rycroft won the 2012 Ingrid Jonker award for her poetry collection missing, and the 2013 Thomas Pringle Award for best poem in a journal. Her debut novel A Slim Green Silence, was published in 2015.
More about Beverly can be found on her website: Beverly Rycroft

Week Two #readwomen #womenwriters

Over the past week I have posted a further six posts with recommended reads by women writers.

This is a summary of these recommendations:

Week Two
All the books recommended on this blog can be found at: Recommended Reads by South African Women Writers August 2015