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Phillippa Yaa de Villiers Chosen as This Year’s Commonwealth Poet

Taller than BuildingsThe Everyday WifeAlert! Phillippa Yaa de Villiers has been chosen as this year’s Commonwealth poet. She will be reading her poem “Courage”, written for the occasion, at Westminster Abbey in front of British royalty today for a Commonwealth Day event organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Yaa de Villiers is a poet and performance artist and has published her work in two collections, Taller than Buildings and The Everyday Wife, the latter of which won the Poetry Award at the 2011 South African Literary Awards.

Yaa de Villiers expressed her excitement about being chosen, calling it “a kind of fantasy”.


In an interview with Sunday World, Yaa de Villiers attributes the honour to her work “with Zapp, the Southern African Poetry Project, a four-year collaboration with Cambridge University and Wits Education Department that’s starting this year”.

South African writer and performance artist Phillippa Yaa de Villiers has been chosen as this year’s Commonwealth poet and will be performing for British royalty in London.

She will read a poem, specially commissioned for Commonwealth Day, titled Courage – it takes more on March 10 at Westminster Abbey at a function organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society.

The Queen has used her Commonwealth Day message to praise the family of nations as a “powerful influence of good for the future”.

She stressed that experiences across the Commonwealth may be different but everyone is focused on the same goals.

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Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    March 10th, 2014 @18:25 #

    Simply splendid news - go Phillippa!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    March 10th, 2014 @20:34 #

    Sheesh, that's fantastic, really wonderful news. Congratulations Phillippa.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    March 10th, 2014 @22:58 #

    So thrilled about this. Mazel tov!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    March 11th, 2014 @06:51 #

    I'm thrilled too (and a full of naches as her publisher).

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    March 12th, 2014 @06:28 #

    Fabulous accomplishment, Phil! So happy for Modjaji too.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>
    March 12th, 2014 @11:35 #

    YEY!!! Congrats sis. It seems you still have quite a lot to offer the world. Keep writing

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    March 12th, 2014 @11:58 #

    Here is the link to the poem Phillippa performed "Courage - it takes more". She posted it on her Facebook page


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