Toni Stuart (1983, Cape Town) is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator. In 2013 she was named in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans. She has an MA Writer/Teacher (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar.
Stuart’s work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books locally and abroad. Her performances include a group show at the Paris Autumn Festival 2013 (as part of France South Africa Seasons 2012/2013), poetry installation Here To Listen (London, 2015), poetry & film exhibition From My View with filmmaker Shelley Barry (South Africa, 2013); Stretching Silence with visual artist Firdous Hendricks (South Africa, 2013); sound installation Between Words and Images with curator & visual artist Ernestine White (South Africa, 2013). In 2014 she was part of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United exchange. Her work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books in South Africa and the United States of America. Most recently she collaborated with the flamenco company dotdotdot dance as part of the Sadler’s Wells Wild Card Nights. She is currently working on her first poetry collection: “Krotoa-Eva’s Suite – a cape jazz poem in three movements” which tells the largely unknown story of the 17th century Khoi woman Krotoa-Eva who played a significant role in South Africa’s history during the time of the first Dutch settlers.