Kobus Moolman (1964 - ). Kobus Moolman has a Doctorate degree in English, with a special focus on creative writing; he also has a Masters degree in English and an Honours degree in Drama Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has worked as English teacher and sub-editor on The Natal Witness.
In 2003 and 2004 he participated in a radio drama residency organized by the BBC, the British Council and the Performing Arts Network of South Africa.
His second collection of poetry, Feet of the Sky was published by Brevitas Press in 2003.
Moolman's work has also appeared on the following on-line poetry sites: Donga; LitNet; Southern Rain Poetry; Mindfire Renewed and Wordgathering. In 2004, he was selected to be one of the invited poets at the PoetryAfrica Festival in Durban, where his work was very warmly received.
In the same year his play, Full Circle, was awarded the Jury Prize for Best Script in the third Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) Festival of Reading of New Writing. The play premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2005, directed by Charmaine Weir-Smith, and was critically acclaimed. It was subsequently produced at the Hilton College Theatre in Pietermaritzburg and at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. The play was also later produced as part of the Southern African theatre season at the Oval House Theatre in London.
In the same year he was also named joint winner of the 2007 NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Readings of New Writing for his new play, Stone Angel. This is the second time he has won this major South African award for theatre writing. The play premiered at the 2008 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, directed by Claire Mortimer. It was subsequently performed to critical acclaim at the Square Space Theatre in Durban.
He was the founding editor of the annual KwaZulu-Natal poetry journal, Fidelities, which ran from 1995 until 2007. As co-ordinator of the Fidelities Poetry Project he conducted creative writing workshops and readings for a variety of interest groups, from offenders in prison to high school youth. From 2000 to 2009 he edited the poetry titles for the University of KwaZulu Natal Press, working on collections by Karen Press, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Kelwyn Sole and Makhosazana Xaba, amongst others.
In 2007, he was the convenor and chairperson of the selection committee for the Olive Schreiner Poetry Prize sponsored by the English Academy of Southern Africa. And in 2008, he was on the panel of adjudicators for the Ingrid Jonker award.
At the beginning of 2008, he participated in a three-week collaborative residency at the Caversham Centre for Writers and Artists in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. During this residency he produced a limited edition, hand-bound collection of prose poems entitled Anatomy. This collection was later published in the Journal of Disability Studies (Ohio State University).
In 2008, his short story, ‘Farewell At Vetch’s Pier’, was published in the collection, Durban in a Word (Penguin Books). And in the same year his play, Full Circle was produced by the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
In 2009 his poem Boy was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2010 he was a special guest of the Creative Writing Research Group of the University of Calgary in Canada. During this two-month period he gave readings of his work and lectured. He was subsequently also invited to give a reading at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He was also an invited guest at the 2010 Calgary International Spoken Word Festival. In the same year he edited and published, Tilling the Hard Soil: poetry, prose and art by South African Writers with Disabilities (University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal Press). He was also invited dramaturge on a two-week residency for South African and Dutch scriptwriters organised by the Twist Theatre Development Project during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
2010 marked the publication of Moolman's anthology Light and After. The collection was launched at the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown, and again at the 14th Poetry Africa festival in Durban. The collection has been widely acknowledged as his strongest to date. In 2015. Moolman was announced as the winner of the 2015 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry for his poetry collection, A Book of Rooms.
Apart from leading literary journals and websites in South Africa and abroad, his work has also appeared in the following collections:
Soundings: an anthology of poems selected from the 1988 Sanlam Literary Award, edited by Douglas Reid Skinner, Carrefour Press (1989);
Durban in a Word: Contrasts and Colours in eThekwini, edited by Dianne Stewart, Penguin Books (2008).
Botsotso: an anthology of contemporary South African poetry, edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz and Ken Edwards. Published by Reality Street, East Sussex, United Kingdom (2009).
Kobus Moolman won the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award in 2013 for 'Daily Duty'.
"Angel Heart" - A short story which was a runner up at the 2016 Short Sharp Stories Awards and appeared in the competition's Die Laughing anthology. Publisher: Tattoo Press.
Ballad of a Soft Man
soft man slumped
opaque sky, distracted
the broken shell
soft man slumped
leaking stray birds
(Windermere Road, Durban central)
In the Name of the Moon
The wind wears the face
The sea appears
The sky turns its back
I must repeat
(Howard College, UKZN, Durban)
2000. Time like Stone. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press.
2008. Anatomy. (Limited edition, illustrated chapbook). Lidgetton: Caversham Press.
2010. Tilling the Hard Soil: Poetry and Prose by South African Writers Living with Disabilities. Pietermaritzburg: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press.
2010. Light and After. Grahamstown: Deep South Publishing.
2013. Left Over. Johannesburg. Dye Hard Press
2014. A Book of Rooms. Deep South.
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