Koleka Putuma

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Biography

From Cape Town, Koleka Putuma is considered the voice of a new generation, with a poetry that is highly political and experimental. Her debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia, was published in April 2017 and is currently in its 12th print run. It has been translated in eight languages, was prescribed for study at South African and Swedish universities and won the 2018 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. In spring 2020, Wunderhorn published a German translation. In April 2021, Manyano Media published her sophomore collection of poems Hullo, Bu-bye, Koko, Come In. Koleka Putuma’s theatre works include UHM (2014), Woza Sarafina (2016) and Mbuzeni (2017/8) as well as, for young audiences, Ekhaya (for children aged 2 to 7 years) and SCOOP: Kitchen Play for Carers and Babes (for audiences aged 0 to 12 months). In autumn 2019, she presented her latest play No Easter Sunday for Queers at the Johannesburg Market Theatre. Among the many prizes won by Koleka Putuma, mention should be made of the Imbewu Trust SCrIBE Scriptwriting Award, Mbokodo Rising Light Award, CASA Award and 2019 Distell National Playwright Competition Award.

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Koleka Putuma
Koleka Putuma
HULLO, BU-BYE, KOKO, COME IN
Performance, Spoken Word
Dates 3. / 4. / 5. September
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