Performance Poet, Arts Facilitator and Theatre Practitioner Koleka Putuma graduated with a BA in Theatre & Performance at the University of Cape Town. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC focus on Africa, Badilisha Poetry X-Change and TEDx. She has shared the stage with poets such as Warsan Shire, Buddy Wakefield, Lesego Rampolokeng, Thuli Zuma, and Lebo Mashile. Her plays include UHM, and Mbuzeni. In 2015 she spent an eight month residency at Magnet Theatre directing original plays for young audiences which include Ekhaya for 2-7 year olds and SCOOP, the first South African play for 2 weeks-12month old babies. In 2014 She was crowned South Africa’s first national slam champion. In 2015 she was nominated for the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors at the annual Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards. She has been named One of Africa’s top 10 poets by Badilisha, and the Sunday Times named her as one of the young pioneers who took South Africa by storm in 2015. She has headlined at SliPnet’s Inzync Poetry Sessions, Word N Sound Poetry and Live Music Series and at Off The Wall. She is a resident poet of Lingua Franca, Head Teaching Artist for the CYPHER Programme, and Co-Founder of newly formed theatre companies Velvet Spine and The Papercut Collective.