About Natalia Molebatsi
At the moment I’m reading …
A number of works, namely Nagib Mafuz’s Autumn Quail, John Fiske’s Television Culture and also re-reading Ntate Njabulo’s Rediscovery of the Ordinary.
Which writers do you admire and why?
The list is long and gets longer everyday. But if I have to choose a few, it would be Zakes Mda for his creativity and his ability to evoke the spirit of the Goddess in his works; Suheir Hammad for reminding us that apartheid is as strong as ever, especially in Palestine and Lebanon; Mmatshilo Motsei for her holistic approach to societal issues and the arts.
What or who inspired you to write this book?
All the contributors in this anthology inspire me as artists and as human beings, but also the everyday people who resist domination through writing and other means, here at home and around the world.
My earliest memory …
Black women (cooking , working and making peace) in my family and in my township. I always thought they were God.
What would you say is the most challenging part of writing?
One needs to research and be informed of what s/he is writing about, whether it is a poem about a homeless/abused woman, multinational companies’ social injustices or creating characters for a short story.
What was the most enjoyable aspect about writing this book?
Reading the poems over and over was a spiritual journey, as a writer and as a reader.
My favourite guilty pleasure …
My beauty sleep.
Is writing your full-time employment? If not, what is your ‘day job’?
Apart from being mother to 16-month-old Atisa, I write anything – from articles and essays for newspapers and academic journals to poetry and fiction, studying and creating tunes with a funk/dub band.
What super-human power would you most like to have?
The ability to stretch time, and live longer. There is so much still to be done, to be found out, to be changed, to be channelled for good…
What was your favourite book as a child?
Chocolates for My Wife by Todd Matshikiza
Image courtesy Martino Pietropoli