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Koleka Putuma, 24, studied Theatre and Performance at UCT, and it was there that she developed her passion for poetry.

She won the PEN South Africa student writing award for her poem ‘Water’, and was recognised by the Sunday Times as one to watch in 2015.

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Apart from all Putuma’s accolades, she stirs intense emotion within me by simply using her words. She has taught me to appreciate the body that encases my soul, she has taught me to accept my sexuality and to celebrate the trials of my African youth. Her words are inscribed onto my heart and she does not even know that she stirred the beautiful storm within us all.

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