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WEAVE (Women's Education & Artistic Voice Expression)

WEAVE is a black women's writing and publishing collective in Capetown, South Africa.
P.O. Box 717, Greenpoint
Cape Town, 8051 South Africa


Malika Ndlovu
Tel +27 (0) 21-448-6877
Fax +27 (0) 21-448-6877
Mobile +27 (0) 83-745-1398

Barbara Boswell
Tel +27 (0) 21-762- 5363

Joan Baker (1934-2000)
Shelley Barry
Pat Fahrenfort
Gertrude Fester
Beverley Jansen
Deela Khan
Malika Conning Ndlovo
Maganthrie Pillay
Carmen Myles Raizenberg
Mavis Smallberg
Weaam Williams

Mission Statement

To promote the writing of black women in the Western Cape through mutual exchange in terms of creativity, skills sharing and moral support.


  • Participation as writers and performers in poetry readings and cultural festivals

  • Writing workshops

  • Publications

History and Accomplishments

WEAVE was founded in 1997, although some of its members have been working together for many years. Frustrated by the fact that so few black women were being published; astonished by hearing publishers say it was time blacks wrote about something new, instead of apartheid and struggle; and concerned about the way black characters were depicted by white writers, members of WEAVE decided to find a way to tell their own story. Since then they have met regularly, performed their work in many public venues, given three one-day writing workshops for aspiring black women writers, and published the first self-published, multi-genre collection of Black women's writing to come out of contemporary South Africa, ink@boiling point, edited by Malika Conning Ndlovu, Shelley Barry, and Deela Khan. The second edition of the book was published in March 2002 and can be ordered from:

Clarke's Bookshop
211 Long Street
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
Tel +27-21-423-5739
Fax +27-21-423-6441
Clarke's Bookshop