Toni Stuart, 26, is a poet, writer and journalist, now running an after school programme for young people at Hout Bay High. She started writing poetry at 15, and it was her love for writing that led to a career in journalism.
In 2003, she started performing poetry with Dala Flat Music and in 2004, with the record label, held 38 Special words and music: a monthly event of poetry and music collaboration. For three years she was part of the And Word Was Woman Ensemble: a performance poetry group which featured at events such as Cape Town Book Festival, Woman’s Parliament and Cape Town Festival among others.
She is now focusing on working with young people, using poetry as a means of self-expression, self-discovery so they can find their voice and tell their stories.