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John Lampen

John Lampen is a Quaker Peace educator and writer. He was born in 1938. He is married to Diana Lampen. In 1987, he gave the Swarthmore Lecture, entitled Mending Hurts.

Krista R. Muis

Krista Renee Muis is a Canadian associate professor and Canada Research Chair in epistemic cognition and self-regulated learning at McGill University. Muis was elected a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada in 2018.

Peter Blum

Peter Emil Julius Blum (born 4 May 1925, Trieste, Kingdom of Italy – died 5 December 1990, London, England, UK) was an Afrikaans poet. As a child, he emigrated to the Union of South Africa with his family. From an early age Blum was already able to speak several languages, including German and Italian. (Kannemeyer: 1993)
After studying literature at the University of Cape Town and at the University of Stellenbosch, he took up a position as a librarian in Cape Town and, later, in Kroonstad in the Orange Free State. Blum married Henrietta Cecilia Smit, a South African art teacher, in 1955.
His success as a poet was first affirmed in 1956 when he won the Reina Prinsen Geerligs Prize for his volume Steenbok tot poolsee (the title being a reference to the Tropic of Capricorn and the southern Antarctic Ocean, relating to the geographical location of South and Southern Africa). (Kannemeyer: 1983)
Blum was twice denied South African citizenship. Kannemeyer (1993) speculates that citizenship was denied because of Blum’s vociferous opposition to the predominantly white government’s racial policies. Frustrated by this turn of events, Blum and his wife left Africa to resettle in the suburb of Hounslow in London. (Kannemeyer: 1993). He died in London on 5 December 1990, aged 65.

Peter Temple

Peter Temple (born 1946 in South Africa) is an award-winning Australian crime fiction writer.

Antoine Charbonneau-Demers

Antoine Charbonneau-Demers est un écrivain québécois né en 1994 à Rouyn-Noranda au Québec. En 2016, il publie son premier roman intitulé Coco, qui lui a valu le Prix Robert-Cliche. En septembre 2018 il publie son deuxième roman, Good Boy. Ses deux romans ont été publiés chez VLB Éditeur. En 2019, avec sa nouvelle, La femme à refaire le monde, il remporte le prix du jeune écrivain du Salon du livre de Paris.

John Healy (author)

John Healy is a British writer and former tournament chess player.
He was born in London in 1942 to Irish immigrant parents in London’s Kentish Town. Leaving school at the age of 14, he spent his formative years in the army, where he had a successful boxing career. Dishonourably discharged for drunkenness and going absent without leave, Healy began a downward spiral that brought him into the subculture of London’s homeless street drinkers. He spent fifteen years as a homeless alcoholic and was convicted of many petty crimes during this time.

Elinor Sisulu

Elinor Sisulu (born 9 March 1958) is a South African writer and activist.

Saadia Muzaffar

Saadia Muzaffar is a Canadian entrepreneur, author and founder of TechGirls Canada (a non-profit organization created to promote women in STEM).

Micheline Milot

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Patrick Lacroix

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Jeff Blair

Jeff Blair (born in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian sports columnist for Sportsnet, & sports talk radio host on Sportsnet 590 The FAN in Toronto. Since June 2019, Blair has also served as host of the nationally syndicated sports radio show Prime Time Sports (also simulcast on television via Sportsnet 360), with co-hosts Stephen Brunt or Richard Deitsch.

Jeff Warren

Jeffrey Warren (born March 11, 1971) is a Canadian author and meditation teacher. He is the author of The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness, which The Guardian named as one of the ten best books on consciousness, and co-author of The New York Times bestseller Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics with Dan Harris and Caryle Adler. He is the founder of the Toronto-based meditation group The Consciousness Explorers Club.

Sjaka Septembir

Sjaka Septembir (20 July 1972, Port Elizabeth, South Africa) is a South African poet, writer, performer and director.

Steve Swenson

Steve Swenson (born 14 February 1954) is an American rock climber, mountaineer, and author. Swenson served as the President of the Board of Directors for the American Alpine Club from 2009 until 2012. Swenson is known for his big-mountain climbing expeditions to the Karakoram range, about which he wrote the book Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict, published by Mountaineers Books. Swenson has taken part in over 15 expeditions to the area.

Robert Kirby (satirist)

Robert Kirby (26 April 1936 – 10 February 2007) was a famous South African satirist, playwright, comedian, novelist, columnist and musician who died in 2007 following complications from a heart operation, some four months prior.

Robert Carl-Heinz Shell

Robert Carl-Heinz Shell (31 Jan 1949 – 3 Feb 2015) was a South African author, scholar, and professor of African Studies. He was born in the Cape Province of South Africa and lived in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s. After the fall of apartheid he returned to South Africa. Toward the end of his life he lived in the Western Cape with his wife Sandy Rowoldt Shell, who is the head of the African Studies Library at University of Cape Town.
Professor Shell has attended more than 41 international workshops where he has delivered papers on several topics but notably on slavery, Islam and HIV/AIDS. In September 2004 he delivered the keynote address at the AGM of SANTA (SA National Tuberculosis Association) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with a talk entitled “Infectious diseases in South Africa: HIV/AIDS and TB, some statistical trends”. He has also appeared in Washington, D.C., where he addressed both the House Select Committee on African affairs and the House Select Committee on International Relations on the global Aids pandemic.

Alvin Chang

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Rachel Zadok

Rachel Zadok is a South African writer and a Whitbread First Novel Award nominee (2005). She is the author of the novels Gem Squash Tokoloshe and Sister-Sister.

Pitika Ntuli

Pitika Ntuli (born 1942, in Springs, Gauteng) is a South African sculptor, poet, writer, and academic who spent 32 years of his life in exile in Swaziland and the UK. He holds an MFA from the Pratt Institute in New York and an MA in Comparative Industrial Relations and Industrial Sociology. While in exile in the UK he taught at Camberwell College of Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the London College of Printing, Middlesex University and the University of East London. Since returning to South Africa he has taught at Wits and UKZN.
Pitika Ntuli has exhibited in several individual and group exhibitions in many countries in Europe and in the USA, and has organised numerous international art and cultural events in Britain. His sculptures are in several private collections worldwide, including that of Paul Simon, Phuthuma Nhleko, and Edward and Irene Akufo-Addo. Some of his public sculptures can be found in the Swaziland National Bank, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lobamba, COSATU House, Johannesburg, and Dieploof, Soweto. Until 2010 he had never exhibited in his own country. He had his first exhibition in South Africa at Museum Africa, Johannesburg in 2010, followed by exhibitions in the Durban Art Gallery ( the UNISA Gallery, Pretoria ( in 2011. ‘The Scent of Invisible Footprints: the Sculpture of Pitika Ntuli’ was published by UNISA to accompany his Exhibition at Museum Africa. He has subsequently exhibited at Constitutional Hill and Melrose Arch in Johannesburg and the Oliver Tambo Cultural Centre in Ekhuruleni.
Pitika Ntuli is an expert in African indigenous knowledge systems. He is a regular political and cultural commentator on TV and Radio. He is a well-known poet and speaker who has been a keynote speaker at numerous high-profile events and has read his poetry in many forums in the country and the Region.He is a frequent guest on TV and Radio and especially on many of the SABC African Language Radio stations, and has also participated in several national and provincial task teams and ministerial advisory committees.
He was a judge for the Sunday Times Literary Awards (2009). He chaired the 2010 Task Team that advised the Minister of Arts and Culture with regard to cultural programmes associated with the World Cup, including the opening and closing ceremonies.
Pitika is married to Antoinette Ntuli; they have four sons, two daughters and four grandchildren.

John Cunningham (poet and dramatist)

John Cunningham (1729 – 1773) was a Dublin born playwright, poet and actor, who spent much of his life in, and according to Allan, “whose name and fame will for ever be identified with Newcastle.”

John Cripps Pembrey Jnr

John Cripps Pembrey Jnr (28 December 1831, Jericho, Oxford – 1 May 1918, Oxford) was a distinguished Oriental proof reader. He was apprentice to Thomas Combe and worked with his father John Cripps Pembrey Snr at Oxford University Press, setting up Sanskrit in type for publication, in 1849, of the first volumes of the Rig-Veda, one of the first printed Sanskrit books to become available to the Western world.

Don Binkowski

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