Kobus Moolman – poet, dramatist, and head of creative writing at UKZN – was Mellon writer in residence from mid-April to mid-July 2013.
Moolman has published several collections of poetry including Time like Stone (2001), Separating the Seas (2007), Tilling the Hard Soil: poetry, prose and art by South African Writers with Disabilities (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2010), Light and After (Deep South Press, 2010) and Left Over (Dye Hard Press). In 2003 Moolman was a finalist in the BBC African Performance radio drama competition — collected in Blind Voices (2007 Botsotso Publishers), in 2009 one of his poems was nominated for a US Pushcart Prize and in 2010 he received the South African Literary Award for Poetry for his collection, Separating the Seas. More recently he received the 2013 Sol Plaatje European Union poetry award.
His play, Full Circle [Dye Hard Press, 2007] won the Jury Prize at the 2004 PANSA Festival of New Writing. The play had a five-week run at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and in 2006 was produced at the Oval House Theatre, London as part of the Southern African season. He won joint first prize in the 2007 PANSA Festival for his new play, Stone Angel. In 2012 he was commissioned by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State to adapt Zakes Mda’s the novel, The Madonna of Excelsior, for the stage. The production has travelled to several theatres in the country, including the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the State Theatre in Pretoria.
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