Isobel Dixon

Isobel Dixon was born in Umtata and grew up in Graaff-Reinet. She studied at Stellenbosch University and with the help of the Patrick and Margaret Flanagan Scholarship, completed Masters degrees in English Literature and Applied Linguistics at Edinburgh University. She works at the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency in London, where she represents over 30 authors from around the world, among them several prominent South Africans. She translated Marita van der Vyver's novel Breathing Space (Penguin, 2000) into English and her poetry collection Weather Eye, which won the Sanlam Prize, was published by Carapace Poets in South Africa in 2001.
She has had poems published in the British Council anthologies New Writing 8, New Writing 10 and New Writing 11, as well as in Die Hören in Germany and in Poetry Salzburg's Imagination in a Troubled Space: A South African Poetry Reader (2004). Her work has also appeared in the Unfold pamphlet and in London Magazine, Wasafiri, Orbis, still, Leviathan Quarterly, The Guardian and The Paris Review.

Pic by Julian Friedmann

 

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Roman rock

Isobel Dixon New writing 2016-09-14

"And there, before it levels out
to pebbles, sand, more gulls, crushed shells,
the nasturtiums spread their green-and-spice ..."

The guests

Isobel Dixon New writing 2016-09-14

"Not many visitors come to the farm,
but the sudden rain has charmed
a festival of frogs out of the mud ..."

The People Behind the Books: Isobel Dixon, Poet and Literary Agent in the UK

Isobel Dixon, Jaco Botha Books and writers 2016-09-13

"But prizes, pleasing as they are, are not the pinnacle: the ongoing privilege and pleasure of my job is the stories, the stimulation, the richness of ideas and the precious relationships with my clients."

Age of Blossom

Isobel Dixon 2013-05-14 The acclaimed South African poet Isobel Dixon sent LitNet two of her latest poems, never published before. These poems form part of a collaboration with Scottish artist Douglas Robertson in which they respond in different poetic and artistic ways to DH Lawrence's Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923).

Acacia Karroo

Isobel Dixon 2013-05-14 The acclaimed South African poet, Isobel Dixon, sent LitNet two of her latest poems, never published before. These two poems form part of a collaboration with Scottish artist Douglas Robertson in which they respond in different poetic and artistic ways to D H Lawrence's Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923).

Bridging gaps with words

Isobel Dixon 2013-05-14 Acclaimed South African poet and literary agent Isobel Dixon works in London, but is currently visiting South Africa for the Franschhoek Literary Festival. Rentia Bartlett-Möhl spoke to her about travelling, displacement, bridging continents and collaboration.

Poison Karoo

Etienne van Heerden, Isobel Dixon 2012-08-23 Poison Karoo was written out of concern and dismay at the proposals for hydraulic fracking in the Karoo. It is a work of fiction, written as if commercial hydraulic fracking has already begun in the Karoo.
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