National Poetry Prize winners 2022
Our first runner up in the National Poetry Prize is Fiona Zerbst. Her wonderful poem House in Kalk Bay won second prize. Fiona has had five volumes of poetry published to date: In Praise of Hotel Rooms (2020), Oleander (2009), Time and Again (2002), the small zone (1995) and Parting Shots (1991). She collaborated with Professor Hendrik Hofmeyr on the libretto for his opera Saartjie, which premiered in 2022 under the direction of Geoffrey Hyland. She is currently working on a new opera. She lives in Cape Town. Congratulations Fiona! Fiona’s poem and all the other prize winners will be published in the upcoming New Contrast issue 201 and in The Jack Journal.
Our second runner-up is Nicole Thackwray. Her poem The Billboard won third prize. A Gauteng native, Nicole is a writer, teacher, and multidisciplinary artist. She is currently studying towards a postgraduate qualification in visual communication at Open Window. Her big dream is to make South African films, and her big weakness is oversized cups of tea. Her work has been published in Ons Klyntji, and New Contrast, among others. CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE!