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Victor Dlamini

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Podcast: a Conversation with Poet Gabeba Baderoon

Gabeba BaderoonGabeba Baderoon‘s poetic voice shows that a whisper can often be more powerful than the loudest shout; in poem after poem, she reveals an acute sensitivity to a striking array of delicate words and images. Hers is a tender poetry that explores the deepest reaches of family and social relations – but even though at first reading many of her poems seem to be concerned with the personal, and even the intimate, it is clear that identity is always political.

Combining her career as an academic and a writer, Gabeba negotiates her way effectively between the public world of the performance poet and private world of the artist and the researcher. In her unique style, she delivers sensitive, very moving readings of her poems – as I rediscovered during our recent conversation.

Gabeba BaderoonGabeba’s debut collection, The Dream in the Next Body was followed by The Museum of Ordinary Life and shortly thereafter by A hundred silences. Her poetry appears in many publications and anthologies, and Gabeba has also written for newspapers and magazines, as well as published short stories. She appears at festivals and other artistic gatherings around the world. For more on this extraordinary South African poet, go to

I hope you enjoy this, the 10th edition of The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast, featuring Gabeba Baderoon.

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The Dream in the Next Body A hundred silences