Sindiwe Magona: Please, Take Photographs

I had the pleasure of getting to meet Sindiwe Magona on two occasions during the three months I lived and volunteered in Cape Town. I remember wiggling with anticipation as she personally signed a copy of her poetry collection for me at a book store, and then several weeks later she joined the members of our non-profit for an evening reading from her book.

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Getting to engage in conversation with Sindiwe Magona was an incredibly enlightening opportunity, as she articulates what life has been like in South Africa, particularly in the Cape Town area and surrounding townships, over the past several decades.

In her poetry she puts historical and social events into a personal context. She depicts how South Africa’s racial circumstances have an effect on people on a personal level and on a daily basis.

Sindiwe Magona’s ebullient personality is infectious; in her presence I was inspired by her wit and sense of humor. I was entirely in awe to be in the presence of an amazing modern writer!

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