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Award-winning poet and theatre practitioner Koleka Putuma has taken the South African literary scene by storm with her bestselling debut collection of poems Collective Amnesia.

Since its publication in April 2017,the book is in its 6th print run and has been prescribed for study at tertiary level in South African Universities. Collective Amnesia was named 2017 book of the year by the City Press and one of the best books of 2017 by The Sunday Times and Quartz Africa.

She was recently recognised as a Rising Star at the 2017 South African Mbokodo Awards.  She is the recipient of the 2016 PEN South Africa Student Writing Prize. She has been named one of the young pioneers who took South Africa by storm in 2015 by The Sunday Times, one of 12 future shapers by Marie Claire SA, the groundbreaking new voice of South African poetry by OkayAfrica, and one of the 100 young people disrupting the status-qou in South Africa by independent media.

She directed Mbuzeni which is performing internationally at Schone Aussicht at JES in Stuttgart and has been invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival later this year.