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Abigail George
  • Abigail George

  • Born: in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

  • Description: Abigail George studied film and television production for a short while, which was followed by a brief stint as a trainee at a production house. She is a writer and poet. She is not purely devoted to poetry but to pursuing writing fulltime. Storytelling for her has always been a phenomenal way of communicating and making a connection with other people.

    Abigail George was born in the Eastern Cape and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She was schooled there, in Swaziland and Johannesburg. Both her parents were educationalists.

    She received writing grants from the National Arts Council in Gauteng for poetry and manuscript development, a grant from the Centre for the book in Cape Town for poetry and a grant from ECPACC in East London for a collection of short stories.

    Ovi Finland’s English Online Magazine brought out a collection of her work in an e-book of her work (2012).

    She has been published numerously in print and online magazines in South Africa (Writing Works A Portal for South African Writers and Poets, Carapace, New Contrast, Ons Klyntji, Upbeat, Tribute, Echoes Literary Journal, ITCH, and OuLitnet 2006-2011, Litnet’s poetry blog, Sun Belly Press, Kotaz, Botsotso, Timbila as well as online in the United States, Canada, Finland, England, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Turkey, and Zimbabwe. After leaving Mr Muirhead will be her fifth book.

    Her body of work includes (poetry and short stories) Africa Where Art Thou, Feeding the Beasts, All about My Mother and Winter in Johannesburg. She writes in English.

    Her poetry has been described as being ‘a penetrating view of the psyche of the post-apartheid youth. It is not about apartheid: it is about the selfishness and individualism of the rich. It is not about gender issues: it is about the pain, loss and survival of a numbed youth whom suicide personified overwhelms, yet they paradoxically still feel invincible. The seasons speak to the fragile, fleeting nature of relationships of the youth; their rootlessness; authority that they view as unstable and adults as vacant; a seemingly unattainable purity that they seek; while uttering a clarion call to ‘see me, know me’. Penetrating, profound, intense and grave.’

    Her father is the bestselling author of South End As We Knew It and the writer of South End The Aftermath (which dealt with the forced removals and the Group Areas Act promulgated during apartheid South Africa), South End The Workbook. Depression A Sufferer's Perspective, and various pamphlets on mental health awareness.

    Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.