Books by Brent Meersman

Latest: Rattling the Cage (2021) A Childhood Made Up (2020) Homo Odyssey (2018) Sunset Claws (2017) 80 Gays around the World (2015) Five Lives at Noon (2013) Reports Before Daybreak...

Brent Meersman


Brent Meersman is a writer based in Cape Town, South Africa.


Primary Coloured, Human & Rousseau, 2007. [roman a clé]
Reports before Daybreak, Random House, 2011 [novel]
Five Lives at Noon, Missing Ink, 2013 [novel]
80 Gays around the World, Missing Ink, 2014 [travelogue]
Homo Odyssee (80 Gays in German), Albino Press, 2015
Sunset Claws, Missing Ink, 2017 [novel]
Homo Odyssey (new USA edition), Salzgeber/BrunoGmunder, 2018

A Childhood Made Up, Tafelberg, 2020. [memoir]

Rattling the Cage: Reflections on Democratic South Africa, Picador PanMacmillan, 2021. [essays]
Ophila and the Poet and other poems, Junket Press, 2010 [poetry]
(Poems had appeared in: New Contrast, New Contact, Botsotso, and Green Dragon)

Short stories in collections:
Speak My Language, Little Brown, UK, 2015
What Love Is, Arcadia Books, London, 2011
The Invisible Ghetto, COSAW, SA, 1993

Credo: a musical testament to the Freedom Charter with music by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, performed in July 2013 by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and in May 2014 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. With soloists Sibongile Khumalo, Otto Maidi and Monika Wassung.

Why not socialism? A most unusual comedy (The Galloway Theatre, 2018)

Liberace-Liberarchee (The Intimate Theatre, 2007)

Brent Meersman is co-editor of
Mail & Guardian 2003 – 2016 (weekly contributor & columnist)
This is Africa 2014 ¬– 2018 (two columns per month)
New Africa Analysis (London) South African bureau chief, writing on politics and economics 2010 – 2011.

Reviewed work for the BBC and the Financial Times (London).
Feature articles in the Sunday Independent, Business Day, The Witness, Cape Times, Die Burger, The Weekender, Bravo magazine, The Wry Republic, Politicsweb.
Contributor to the Cape Town and South African editions of: Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveller, and Insight Guides.
Press photographer at the Grocotts Mail in Grahamstown (1989).

Co-chair of the Cape Town Press Club since 2013
Former editorial board member of the IATC – International Association of Theatre Critics (recognised by UNESCO).

Papers and contributions to academic journals:
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)
Can arts festivals still be about art? Theater 40.3, Yale University, 2010.
Theatre Beyond Theatre, delivered in Warsaw, 2012.
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. Theatre and Humanism, St Kliment Ohridski University Press, Bulgaria, 2009.
Democracy, Capitalism and Theatre in the new South Africa. 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, delivered at Baltic Theatre Festival, St Petersburg, Russia. 2007
Forgiveness in South African Theatre, delivered at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 2008.
Violence in South African Theatre published in Sinais de cena, University of Lisbon, 2008.

Other publications:
Infecting the City newspaper, Editor, 2010.
Cue, the National Arts Festival daily newspaper, Editor in 2007 and 2006.

Brent Meersman’s first job was as a press photographer working in Grahamstown in 1989, one of the most turbulent periods in South Africa’s history.

He is a compulsive traveller, having visited 81 countries at the last count on all the continents, including the Antarctic.

He is currently co-editor of GroundUp news (

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