Category        : Literary Translation Award

Author            : Karen Press

Title                : Mede-wete &Synapse

Language       : English

 Karen Press SALA 2015



Karen Press works as a freelance editor and writer. In 1987 she co-founded the publishing collective Buchu Books with a group of writers and activists, and in 2003 she worked with the Centre for the Book, an entity within the National Library of South Africa, to set up a national support centre for South African writers, The Writers’ Network. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in South Africa and abroad, and she has published ten collections of poems. As an occasional translator of Afrikaans poetry she has worked primarily on the poems of Antjie Krog, which have appeared in various anthologies and in Antjie Krog’s collections Down to my Last Skin (Random House, 2000) and Skinned (Umuzi, 2013).

Her poetry collections are:

1985   Emergency Declarations (found poems, with Ingrid de Kok)

1986    This Winter Coming (Cinnamon Crocodile)

1990    Bird Heart Stoning the Sea (Buchu Books)

1993    The Coffee Shop Poems (Snailpress)

1998    Echo Location: A guide to Sea Point for residents and visitors (Gecko Books)

1998    Souvenirs (artist’s book)

2000    Home (Carcanet Books, UK)

2004    The Little Museum of Working Life (UKZN Press)

2005    The Canary’s Songbook (Carcanet, UK)

2012    Slowly, As If (Carcanet, UK)