Winston Mzikayise Mahola started experimenting
with poetry when he was at school. The State
Security forces of the apartheid regime
confiscated his MS in 1976 and due to their
pressure he lost interest in writing for
the next 13 years. He started writing again
in 1989. In 1994 he published his first
poetry book titled Strange Things.
It was selected to represent South Africa
in the World Book Fair in 1995 in Geneva.
It was translated into German and Danish
languages. He has contributed his poems
jointly with other poets of the world in
In 2000 his second volume titled When
Rains Come won the national Olive
Schreiner literary award for the period
2000-2001. Some of his poems have been translated
into German and Turkish languages. The KZN
University Press is editing his third volume
titled Dancing in the Rain for
publishing this year. David Phillip Publishers
are evaluating and editing his first semi-biographical
novel for possible publishing. Presently
he runs poetry workshops for young people
in his province. He also runs a voluntary
poetry project in the municipal library
in his area, which he started in 2004. The
present poems show his concern in the madness
of the world to fight wars on innocent people.
His poems have warmth unseen elsewhere.
They shower abundance of empathy for man
in his struggle for existence.
He Came Down
Next Time Use
You Must Know
Those Who Hold