2013 | The Retrospective

New Years Eve, Central Park, New York, 2012
  1. Wrote and edited 40 poems for my Masters thesis.
  2. Participated in the PnP Freshly Blogged Challenge; improvising my way through ingredients and techniques that were new to me.
  3. Turned 30.
  4. Took a great deal of photographs.
  5. Didn’t blog as much as I wanted to.
  6. Had too many unproductive days.
  7. Didn’t call my mum and granny as often as I should have.
  8. Learnt how to float on my back.
  9. Made tubs of ice cream.
  10. Ate tubs of ice cream.
  11. Gave away my fat clothes.
  12. Started running on a treadmill.
  13. Lost a few kilograms.
  14. Dyed my hair red.
  15. Read really good poetry.
  16. Started taking my health seriously.
  17. Developed some sense as to where I want to be as a writer.
  18. Said, “No.”
  19. Fumbled with faith.
  20. Read more than wrote.
  21. Watched a sick amount of tv.

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I am a writer and photographer (look up my work on www.shootcake.com) based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have an MA in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes. My writing accolades include winning the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize and the 2020 Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize for my debut collection, Zikr.

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