Dawn Garisch

b. 1958

A seamless welding of raw experience and self-observation, of music and thought – Ken Bariss

About Dawn Garisch

Dawn Garisch has had five novels, a collection of poetry Difficult Gifts and a memoir/popular science work Eloquent Body published. Both short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies, journals and magazines. She has had a short play and short film produced, and has written for television and newspapers. Three of her novels have been published in the UK.

In 2007 her poem 'Blood Delta' was awarded the DALRO prize. In 2010 Trespass was short-listed for the Commonwealth prize for fiction in Africa, and in 2011 her poem 'Miracle' won the EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award.

Her interest in interdisciplinary work in all art forms and psychology has led to her running both memoir writing and creative method courses. She is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.

We're glad to offer you this brief taste of Dawn Garisch's work, with thanks to our friends at the Badilisha Poetry X-Change.

Once, Two Islands, Myrmidon Books, 2008


Trespass, Kwela, 2009

Eloquent Body, Modjaji Books, 2012


Difficult Gifts, Modjaji Books, 2011



2007 DALRO Prize for 'Blood Delta'

2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize for fiction in Africa (Shortlist) for 'Trespass'

2011 EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award for 'Miracle'

Books by Dawn Garisch