Born in September 1961, Helen Moffett studied English and was awarded a PhD from the University of Cape Town (UCT), where she has taught regularly for years. She has held fellowships at Princeton University and Mount Holyoke College in the United States and is soon to take up a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University.
In publishing, Helen was Oxford University Press’s academic editor for four years. She continues to work as a journalist, freelance editor, manuscript assessor, trainer, mentor, researcher and consultant. She edited In Our Lifetime: the Biography of Walter and Albertina Sisulu, which won the Noma Award. Three of the novels she has worked on have won the Sunday Times Literary Award. Helen is finishing three books of her own: one on the relation between race and rape in post-apartheid South Africa; one on cricket; and a collection of poems. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the African Gender Institute at UCT.
Double Storey has recently published a local anthology compiled by Helen, Lovely Beyond Any Singing: Landscapes in South African Writing. The volume is in three sections: "Journeys", "Regions" and "Ghosts and Dreams" – and contains powerful and inspiring descriptions of South African vistas by acclaimed authors.
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