Books by Brent Meersman

Latest: Sunset Claws (2017) Primary Coloured (2007) Ophila and the poet (2010) Reports Before Daybreak (2011) Five Lives at Noon (2013) 80 Gays around the World (2015) Homo Odyssee...

Brent Meersman



Brent Meersman was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His first job was as a press photographer in Grahamstown in 1989. His first novel Primary Coloured (Human & Rousseau) was published in 2007, followed by Reports Before Daybreak (Umuzi/Random House), Five Lives at Noon (Missing Ink, 2013), 80 Gays Around the World (2015) and Sunset Claws (2017). Since 2003, he writes for the national weekly, the Mail & Guardian.  He is a compulsive traveller; at last count he’d been to 70 countries and travelled around all the continents, including the Antarctic.

His poetry collection Ophila and the Poet and other poems (Junket Press, 2010) includes poems that have appeared in New Contrast, New Contact, Botsotso, and Green Dragon. His short stories have appeared in What Love Is (Arcadia Books, London, 2011); Speak My Language (Little Brown, 2016); his first published story was in The Invisible Ghetto (COSAW, 1993). He also wrote the libretto for Credo, an oratorio with music composed by Bongani Ndodana-Breen.

He has regular columns for This is Africa magazine and is co-editor of He has written extensively for New Africa Analysis magazine (London), reviewed work for the BBC and the London Financial Times, and contributed to the Sunday Independent, Business Day, The Witness, Cape Times, Die Burger, The Weekender, The Wry Republic, Politicsweb, and The M&G Thought Leader.

He lectured Arts Journalism at the University of Cape Town in the Film and Media Studies Department for third year students. He is a member of the IATC – International Association of Theatre Critics (recognised by UNESCO).

He has been Chairperson of the Cape Town Press Club for several years.

Recent academic papers:

The Legacy of Thabo Mbeki. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies. Vol. 13. July-October 2012. University of London.

Review: Waiting for Godot. Journal of Beckett Studies 21.2 (2012)

Are arts festivals still about art? in Theatre, Yale University, Vol41, No 1, 2011.

From Ipi Tombi to iMumbo Jumbo in Theatre Topics, Amsterdam University Press, 2010.

Cultural Weapons: Violence in South Africa and its depiction on the stage. in Theatre and Humanism, St Kliment Ohridski University Press, Bulgaria, 2009.

 Democracy, Capitalism and Theatre in the new South Africa in the South African Theatre Journal, University of Stellenbosch, Vol 21: 2007.

 Portrait of an Artist as a Dramatic Work: Orfeus in Critical Stages, Journal of the IATC, Spring 2010.

  The Generation Gap and the South African Critic, Baltic Theatre Festival, St Petersburg, Russia. 2007

 Forgiveness in South African Theatre. Paper delivered at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 2008.

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