INHERITED RESILIENCE – Cultural Collaboration between South Africa and Manchester

It’s Book Lovers’ Day here in the UK and National Women’s Day in South Africa, and we’re excited to announce Inherited Resilience: a zine of poems, stories & powerful messages of resilience by nine women writers from the UK and South Africa.

A community of like-minded black and dual heritage women from Oudtshoorn (in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape) and Moston & Harpurhey (in Manchester in the UK), embarked on a virtual four-part journey to listen, share, and learn from each other’s stories in a series of stimulating workshops and conversations earlier this year.

A volume of poetry with works was written by participants during this collaborative project, celebrating the shared and individual experiences. You can download this zine, and watch a video of the writers discussing the process and their experiences via this link

Nine participants were chosen for this project: Glenisha Tarentaal (SA), Joan Turner (UK), Olive Oragui (UK), P.A. Bitez (UK), Shandré Harris (SA), Siyasanga Building (SA), Tiffany Saterdaght (SA), Faidat Ope (UK) and Medulla (UK).

Online sessions were presented in April and May, facilitated by South Africa’s Tshego Khutsoane and Shirley & Nicole May from the Young Identity (UK), using processes and methods inspired by their own collaborative theatre and performance backgrounds. Lebogang Mashile, well-known South African poet and Kadijah Ibrahim, celebrated British poet were guest speakers and inspired the group even further during one of the digital sessions.

This project was designed as a springboard for long-term cultural collaborations between the project partners, with the voices of young female leaders at its centre. The common thread and theme that has been emerging across the two continents in the discussions is Inherited Resilience.

This project was made possible by the British Council’s Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies Programme (DICE). SICK! Festival, the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), Young Identity and Empatheatre joined forces to create and implement the programme.


Klein Karoo National Arts Festival


Young Identity


British Council

Arts Council England