Dawn Garisch has been running life writing courses since 2009. She has run these for individual participants across South Africa, as part of the ASSITEJ young theatre makers programme, the UFS Academic Support programme, the UCT Art in Medicine course and the UCT Entrepreneur course. Dawn is a medical doctor, as well as an award-winning writer, having published six novels, two poetry collections and two works of non-fiction. She has also had plays, television scripts and one short film produced. Dawn is in the process of training other facilitators so that life writing, and the life skills that result, will be made available to more people.
Giles was born in 1962 in Kent, aka the Garden of England, UK. Giles is a gay white male who likes food, wine and books. He was brought up mostly in the Midlands of England, spending time in London and the past 30 years in Cape Town. During this time, he has worked as a copywriter for a variety of advertising agencies and for Triangle Project, whose focus is LGBTI health. He is moved by “nature, mothers, unspoken emotion, unjust oppression, a finely turned bicep and creativity – in particular gastronomic and literary innovation.”
“Gone viral”, whose opening passage appears in the LRC’s first anthology, This is how it is, is a personal and public eulogy – both for those who have gone before and those who have survived the HIV pandemic. His love of food and experience of loss, in several forms, has prompted him to introduce two new LRC courses: “Edible Memoirs: Writing the Plate, Digesting our Memories” and “Lost/Found: Facing our Losses, Writing our Healing.” Check our Calendar for upcoming courses.Something you don't know about Giles: One of his maternal great aunts ended up being his paternal step-grandmother.
Linda is a poet, writer, projects and events manager in the arts. She is a Salzburg Global Seminars Fellow and a CNN-featured project manager with over eight years of experience in project and event management in the arts sector. In 2013, she performed in Amsterdam at the Afro Vibes Festival alongside Dutch poet Babs Gons, in a poetic production entitled Becoming Another, Becoming You.
She was a panellist and facilitator at the Open Book Festival in 2014, 2017 and 2018 and at the Franschhoek Literary Festival in 2015 and 2016. She’s also shared her work locally and in Austria, Ghana, and Kenya. Her work has been published on Unbranded Truth Online Magazine, which she founded and edited, on Badilisha Poetry X-change, and on the Life Righting Collective website, as well as in New Contrast. She is a contributing author to the Life Righting Collective’s This is how it is anthology, with her hilarious piece “Mrs”.
Philippa is a storyteller, poet, coach and skilled facilitator. She has curated performances to activate space within art galleries and on the streets of Cape Town; performed on real and virtual stages in collaboration with other storytellers and artists locally and internationally; and created solo performances. In September 2020 she was 2nd in the Ultimate Storyteller Competition run by Hadithi ya Africa: this is a competition for people from the African continent.
Philippa performs regularly. In 2014 she co-founded The Story Club Cape Town, a monthly platform that promotes oral storytelling in this divided city. In 2019, together with Nolubabalo Rani, she established the Balisa Nathi Storytelling Collective. The aim is to develop a collective of diverse and powerful storytellers, fluent in many languages and styles, and able to perform and archive all sorts of stories. After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, The Story Club Cape Town has started its in-person sessions, hosted by Balisa Nathi (Philippa and Nolubabalo).
Philippa has published poetry in a variety of publications. Her poem, Song, was a joint winner of the 2018 Patricia Schonstein Poetry In McGregor award. Her first full length book, Flame and Song: a memoir was published in Cape Town in 2016 (Modjaji Books) and in Uganda in 2017 (Sooo Many Stories). She has also published four children’s books: Katiiti’s Song (2016) Bookdash, Cape Town; Kea goes to school (2009), Cambridge University Press, Cape Town; Mkhulu and me (2009), Cambridge University Press, Cape Town; and Tyres and Tubes (2009), Cambridge University Press, Cape Town.