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Makhosazana Xaba will deliver the lecture, followed by a conversation with Precious Bikitsha.

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Makhosazana Xaba is currently a Research Associate at WiSER working towards a biography of Helen Nontando Jabavu (Noni), the author of Drawn in Colour: African Contrasts (1960) and The Ochre People: Scenes from a South African Life (1963).
Makhosazana is an anthologist, essayist, a short story writer and poet. She has published three collections of poetry, one collection of short stories and edited six anthologies on a range of genres. The most recent, ground breaking anthology Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000 – 2018 has received public acclaim and is considered an “instant classic”.

She holds an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from Wits university.

Makhosazana Xaba 

Picture: Courtesy of Nonzuzo Gxekwa

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Precious is a History Masters student at the University of Cape Town. Her research is on Xhosa woman poet, Nontsizi Mgqwetho. Precious is interested in how Mgqwetho was able to use poetry to mediate through a number of the layered contradictory realities of black life in the early twentieth century.  Precious has been involved in radio in various guises, first as a presenter and then a talk manager at UCT Radio. She has held various leadership positions at UCT. She is a History Access Scholar.

Precious Bikitsha

Picture: Courtesy of Precious Bikitsha

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