Karin Schimke

Schimke’s debut poetry collection Bare & breaking won the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 2014. She writes, edits and translates for a living, and runs poetry writing workshops. Her second collection, Navigate (Modjaji), will be published in November 2017.

Sol Plaatje Award for Translation in 2016 to 2018: acceptance speech by Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2019-03-22

"Prizes like these highlight the noblest ambition of translation: to humanise."

Ingrid Jonker – ’n biografie by Petrovna Metelerkamp: a review

Karin Schimke Boeke en skrywers 2018-07-03

"Metelerkamp is careful not to turn her biography into an abject lesson on the ravages of a patriarchal society on individual lives. She steers through her complex subject with a careful and steady rudder – a class journalistic act."

Navigate: an interview with Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke, Naomi Meyer Skrywersonderhoude 2018-01-18

"On a day-to-day basis, poems rush by me and through me all the time, and only now and again do I have the time to snatch them by their slippery tails and nail them to the page."

"One less scoundrel" – on why, perhaps, we write poetry

Karin Schimke English 2017-09-25

"After all, there’s a significant service to humanity in spending time doing no harm. While you’re writing your poem, there’s one less scoundrel in the world." 

Sarah Lotz on writing, plot twists, and a BBC TV series

Sarah Lotz, Karin Schimke Books and writers 2017-09-08

"I write every day, all day. I stop at five pm for a couple of hours to walk the dogs. I don’t write down ideas for new projects. The good ones tend to stick; the others go to the great idea landfill in the sky."

Die Mauer: A German crime thriller set in a South African gated community

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2017-08-16

"Annas has taken some pretty evident elements of the South African reality and mixed them into a breath-stopping brew: a wall, some 'intruders', a tinderbox socio-political milieu and a few overinflated egos that concern themselves almost exclusively with obsessively safeguarding the privilege contained within the wall."

Poetry slam as therapy sessions

Karin Schimke Opinion 2017-04-10

"Poetry slam sessions, says d’Abdon, are places where young people can 'voice their dissatisfaction, channel their anger and heal'."

Karin Schimke on a writing workshop in Stanford

Karin Schimke, Naomi Meyer New writing 2016-11-08

"[Y]es, just about anyone can write, often must write – it’s an urge, a need. Anyone can put words on paper to give expression to something."

Karin Schimke oor 'n skryfnaweek in Stanford

Karin Schimke, Naomi Meyer Skryfwerk 2016-11-08

"Hierdie naweek gaan oor hoe om metafore raak te sien en uit te buit om jou skryfwerk lewe te gee, en dit gaan ook net oor skryf."

Boekresensie: Hy kom met die skoenlappers deur Valda Jansen

Karin Schimke Resensies 2016-09-06

"Hierdie verhaal is nie, kom ‘n mens agter, ‘n elegie aan ‘n verlore minnaar nie, maar ‘n elegie aan ‘n self wat soek geraak het agter skanse wat begin as blote mure maar mettertyd begin inkelder."

Flame in the Snow – the love letters of André Brink and Ingrid Jonker

Karin Schimke, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2015-10-28

"She still scratches at me. I wish I could interview her." – Karin Schimke, journalist and poet, on her translation of some remarkable love letters.

What is preventing linguistic cross-pollination?

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2015-09-16

On UWC Creates and the lack of literary translations from and into other indigenous languages.

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2015: Eight international authors and why you should see them

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2015-05-12

Karin  Schimke looks at who's who in the internationally flavoured programme at this  weekend's Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Ingrid Jonker award ceremony speech

Karin Schimke 2014-10-10 Karin Schimke says she is "deeply moved by this honour".