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Identity and Belonging  – Heidi van Rooyen

This presentation will focus on readings of my poetry that explore the themes of identity and belonging in the context of race in contemporary South Africa, to issues of gender and sexuality for transwomen in Namibia and concludes with poems about the self and mindfulness. The poems will be woven together with narrative on poetry as reflection, on voice and representation, of found poetry co-created with others.

Bio: Heidi van Rooyen is an Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council. Her current research explores sexual orientation and gender identity and race using poetic inquiry. Heidi is a certified life coach who balances the demands of leadership, publishing and grant writing with a regular mindfulness practice, poetry and walking.

Venue: La Galleria


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