Karin Schimke is a widely published journalist and columnist, and the Cape Times books editor. She also works as a writing tutor and mentor, an author of non-fiction – including the best-selling Fabulously Forty and Beyond, co-written with Margie Orford – of children’s books and of short stories. She edited Open, an anthology of erotic short stories written by some of South Africa’s best known women writers. Her poetry has appeared in South Africa Writing, New Contrast, New Coin and Carapace magazines. Bare & Breaking, her first collection of poems, won the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 2014.

We’re glad to offer you this brief taste of Karin Schimke’s work, with thanks to our friends at the Badilisha Poetry X-Change.

Poems by Karin Schimke

Sham-Shack - Karin Schimke

Books by Karin Schimke



Ingrid Jonker Prize

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Sol Plaatje Translation Award

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