Zodwa Nyoni is a Zimbabwean-born playwright, poet and live artist. She was the Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival, October 2013. She has previously been Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012), Writer-in-Residence for the ‘I Love West Leeds’ Festival (2010) and Poet-in-Residence at BBC Radio Leeds (2006).
Her plays have showcased at West Yorkshire Playhouse, University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Theatre in the Mill, Square Chapel and Bush Theatre. She has performed poetry at profiled events at The Jayne Cortez Memorial event at Bolivar Hall (Venezuelan Embassy), London, ‘Word for Africa’ at the British Museum, Ilkley Literature Festival, Bridlington Literature Festival, Word for Africa at the Poetry Parnassus Festival for London 2012 the Southbank Centre and Nuyorican Poets Café (New York City).
Most recently she was selected to receive one of five writer-in-residence posts with Channel 4 (terrestrial tv) which began on 1 January 2014 and will be based at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Zodwa is currently studying an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at the University of Leeds.
Blessing at Dawn
She summoned us, offered our little bodies to the ground
Honeycomb and Backstreets
I recall tales of the descendants of the drum