Phemelo recalls her first encounter with poet and cultural activist Vangile Gantsho at a memorial service. She says that it was a powerful moment that shook an entire room, and brought tears to her eyes.
Somebody came up on stage and literally shook the room.— Phemelo Motene, 702 presenter
Humbled by the introduction, Gantsho told Phemelo that she’s always known that she liked telling stories. She adds that she’s been writing stories since she was little.
My dad gave me a book when I was little and he would say, put your stories there.— Vangile Gantsho, poet and cultural activist
Gantsho has performed and conducted workshops at poetry events and festivals around the world. She has published a number of literary publications including Sable (2010), Botsotso (2015), and New Contrast (2017).
Her self-published debut collection, ‘Undressing in front of the Window’ was released in 2015. Gantsho is a graduate of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, and holds an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from Rhodes University.
Also Listen: Vangile Gantsho recites the poem ‘Little Girl’ in the link below…
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