Know Your History – 19th September – Ingrid Jonker born

know your history - writingOn this day… 19th September, 1933 – Ingrid Jonker born

Ingrid Jonker (19 September 1933 – 19 July 1965) (OIS), was a South African poet. Although she wrote in Afrikaans, her poems have been widely translated into other languages. Jonker has reached iconic status in South Africa and is often called the South African Sylvia Plath, owing to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life.

On Writing

Rather than include a section of her writing I thought this is a rather more beautiful and moving tribute. Her poem The Child, read by Nelson Mandela.


Did You Know?..

In 2005 Chris Chameleon (known better as Ingrid Jonkerthe lead singer of the South African band Boo!) released the album Ek Herhaal Jou (“I Repeat You”), which consisted of a number of Jonker’s poems that he had set to music. The release coincided with the 40th anniversary of Jonker’s death.