Vonani Bila was born in 1972 in Elm/ Shirley village in Limpopo province. He runs the Timbila Poetry Project in Limpopo, which holds poetry workshops, organises exchange programmes and readings, and publishes the ground-breaking Timbila Poetry Journal as well as individual collections of poetry. He is the author of eight storybooks in English, Northern Sotho and Xitsonga for newly literate adult readers. His poetry books include No Free Sleeping (with Alan Findlay and Donald Parenzee), Throbbing Ink, In the Name of Amandla and Magicstan Fires, including poems written mostly at the PEN Belgium Dutch Writers' flat in Antwerp, Belgium, where Bila spent July 2004 as a resident poet. His recent collection, Handsome vita, was published by the UKZN Press in 2007. Bila has read poetry in South Africa, Brazil, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ethiopia, Ghana, Finland, Algeria and Indonesia. Some of his best poems have been translated into French, Arabic, Turkish, Finnish, Indonesian Bahasa, Swedish and Dutch.
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