Loyiso Mkize of Team Kwezi has been part of the comic-book scene for nearly 10 years and has been involved in the creation of numerous South African comic books. His fine-arts career has spanned seven years, including four solo exhibitions and six group exhibitions and earning him a keen following both locally and internationally. Loyiso will be running a young adult workshop on Comic Book Writing and ‘what it takes’.
Clyde Beech is a comic-book colourist, digital painter and art director. He loves comics, gaming and pop culture, and is known as a champion of local comics. He is also an avid martial artist. As part of Team Kwezi, Clyde will bring a crazy kind of fun to the Comic Book Writing workshop for young adults.
Koleka Putuma’s poetry has travelled around the world, garnering the 2014 National Poetry Slam Championship and the 2016 PEN South Africa Student Writing Prize. Her debut collection, Collective Amnesia, is causing a great stir among the local literati. Koleka will bring her entrancing stage presence to poetry performances.
Poet/Publisher Nick Mulgrew is the 2014 winner of the National Arts Festival Short Sharp Stories Award, and in 2015 was shortlisted for the White Review Prize in the UK and Ireland. Most recently, he is the author of the poetry collection the myth of this is that we’re all in this together, and the co-editor, with Karina Szczurek, of Water: New Short Fiction from Africa. Nick, will read excerpts from his poetry.