Every year on 25 November, South Africans commence 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and children. As the call to "be an activist" is sounded, we turn to poetry as a uniquely powerful tool for transformation. The Avbob Poetry Project aligns with this initiative by featuring award-winning writer, Sindiswa Busuku, who is committed to caring about the ethics of writing about trauma. Her views offer valuable insights and encouragement to survivors needing to voice their own experiences.
Sindiswa Busuku is an award-winning writer whose Loud and Yellow Laughter (Botsotso, 2016) won the 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize for a poetry debut. This fascinating and boundary-breaking text looks at the violence done to women, including psychological and financial injuries. It's a naked, brave, and open-hearted text that tackles human anguish and alienation in a cross-genre collage of photographs, lists, fragments of documents, prose and poetry. It's a powerful text that speaks of suffering, survival and the transformative power of bearing witness through writing.