I have three poems included in this year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology; By Heart, Kisses and Secret. They are all  fiddled-with reworked versions of work from my MA Creative Writing thesis collection that have met rejection in some form or the other from various lit journals. The lesson here is to edit, edit, edit and edit until the very soul of a piece is bared to its teeth.




The anthology is a curated selection of entries for the annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award. This year’s winner is Thabo Jijana for his poem, Children Watching Old People. Second and third place went to Rochelle Jacobs and Jim Pascual Agustin respectively. Read their short-listed poems here.

Copies of the anthology are available online through and