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Nandi Jola

Nandi Jola

Biography

NANDI JOLA is a South African born poet, storyteller and playwright, as well as a Smock Alley Theatre Rachel Baptiste 2022 Programme recipient. She was a creative writing facilitator for Ulster University Books Beyond Boundaries NI in 2021. Her one woman play ‘The Journey’ opened the International Literature Festival Dublin in October, 2020. She represented Northern Ireland at the Transpoesie Poetry Festival in 2021 and is a commissioned poet for Poetry Jukebox, Ambiguities, a James Joyce programme of the Centre Culturel Irlandais and Impermanence Way Archive Project 2022. She is studying for her MA in Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast.

Genre: Poetry
Number of publications: 1

Nandi Jola challenges all definitions of ourselves and doesn’t flinch. Here she shows how startling, brutalizing and othering humanity can be, and demonstrates that the integrity of a singular woman’s voice is a force for beauty and change and for better in the world. Look. Listen. Celebrate.

— Maria McManus

Sample Work

Journey of the Magi

I likened my plane journey to the journey told by T.S. Eliot
in his poem ‘Journey of the Magi’
where the wise men stopped
got drunk
fought
nearly lost the gifts.
We like to believe that this journey was the holy of holies, but it was mayhem
these men were far from wise
they travelled from the old to the new
in search of a Baby, they thought.
And now I was travelling from the old to the new world
in search of
I didn’t know then
and to be honest I still don’t know now
I only knew the name of my destination was a place called
Belfast.

I am a Xhosa

Amaxhosa are storytellers
kwasekuqaleni
from the beginning
nasekugqibeleni
till the end
camagu
Amen
cingcilili
forevermore.

Poetry Saves Lives

Tapestry of Love

The Launch of Nandi Jola’s Home is Neither Here Nor There

Books

Home is Neither Here Nor There
Nandi Jola Home is Neither Here Nor There

ISBN: 978-1-907682-89-6| Pages: 64 | Published: 2022

Home is Neither Here Nor There, the debut poetry collection by Nandi Jola, explores the themes of Home, migration and the fragile relationships between human, animals and morals. As a translingual, Nandi weaves between Xhosa and English.

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