Writing for Healing

vangile gantsho

  • Workshop
  • Duration: 120 mins
  • Language: Multilingual
  • Ages: 16+
  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Date: July 14, 2021 16:00
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Due to the number of requests, we have organised an additional workshop which takes place on the 21st July from 16h00 – 18h00.

“You are collecting yourself from old things that are fading. Age behind dust. You are looking for yourself in all the roads you built with your feet. Some paths were already there. Some you shaped with your hands.”

– Busisiwe Mahlangu, Surviving Loss (2018)

In this workshop, we commune through words. Sicela ukukhanya. Sicela ukuthula. You are safe here. Don’t disappear.

To build a circle of trust, we ask that you come willing to turn your camera on. That you create a writing space that is quiet and safe. Light a candle. Burn incense. Bring a glass of water.



Facilitator: vangile gantsho


vangile gantsho is a healer, poet and publisher at impepho press. She is dedicated to creating and/or supporting spaces which encourage (black feminine) healing and has participated in literary events and festivals both in Africa and abroad. She is the author of two poetry collections: Undressing in front of the window (2015) and red cotton (2018). She holds an MA from the University currently known as Rhodes (2016) and was named one of Mail & Guardian’s Top Young 200 South Africans of 2018.

Her second collection, red cotton, is an exploration of what it means to be black, queer, and woman in modern-day South Africa, and it was named City Press Top Poetry Read of 2018, and long-listed for the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2020 Award.