Tjawangwa Dema has taught workshops in secondary schools, community centres, detention centres, after school programs and to combined undergraduate-graduate seminars. She has been guest writer for various institutions including the University of Warwick’s International Gateway for Gifted Youth program, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University, the University of Alabama, the University of Washington Bothell and Escola do Olhar.
Depending on requirements and her availability Tjawangwa is able to conduct conversations and workshops face to face or via email, zoom or skype.
Tjawangwa mentored Botswana’s all female national secondary school champions for the British Council’s Power in the Voice program and has worked with youth slam teams and magnet school students. She offers a focus on narrative, idea generation, editing, as well as sound. Performance/spoken word/reading out loud is a key component of these fun, accessible workshops.
It has been important in Tjawangwa’s own practice to remain rooted in empathy and intertextuality which allows her to acknowledge inherent/traditional community knowledge and participants’ personal experiences.
All workshops are tailored for age and ability.
Festival programming / curation
Tjawangwa has conceptualized, curated and programmed various Botswana based poetry festivals as well as consulted for live literature initiatives based in Johannesburg and Berlin.
As a cultural fixer and research associate (RA) Tjawangwa’s areas of interest are creative writing, poetry, spoken word and literary networks in Botswana and Southern Africa, as well as Bristol, U.K. In 2018 she is RA on an African Arts Management and Literary Activism (AMLA) project with Investigators based at the universities of Bristol and Exeter.
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Not one of the best poets writing in Botswana. One of the best poets writing today, full stop. – Lauri Kubuitsile