Gail Dendy has published six collections of poetry, with a seventh on the brink of publication. Her first collection, published by Harold Pinter, was Assault and the Moth, Greville Press (UK) 1993. This was followed by People Crossing (Snailpress, 1995), Swimming in the Long Dark Sound (Stride (UK), 1998, Painting the Bamboo Tree (Arc (UK), 1999) and The Poetry of Norman Corwin and Gail Dendy (Shirim (USA), 2002), and The Lady Missionary (Kwela/Snailpress, 2007). Her new collection Closer Than That, published by Dye Hard Press in Johannesburg, will appear in August 2011. Gail is married and lives in Johannesburg. Her poetry appears in journals and anthologies both in SA and overseas, including an anthology of Greville Press poems (Carcanet, UK, 2010), including works by Harold Pinter
Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s Gail pioneered Contemporary Dance in South Africa and was nominated for the inaugural AA Vita Award for Best Performer. She was a Finalist in the South African Science Fiction Society’s Short Story competition, 1992; Finalist, Dalro Award 2007, Commendation, Dalro Award 2008 and 2009, Winner of the ‘Playwriting’ category, SA PEN Millennium Competition, 2000; Joint Winner of the cash prize for the Herman Charles Bosman Literary Award, 2008, long-listed for the prestigious Plough Poetry Prize (UK), and shortlisted for the Thomas Pringle Award 2010. Over the years she has worked, inter alia, as a university lecturer, copywriter, and radio news writer. She is currently the Information Specialist for an international corporate-law firm.
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