Bandile Gumbi is a KwaZulu Natal raised creative writer who has been into the craft since 2000. She has self-published a poetry collection "Pangs of initiation" in 2004. Bandile's poetry and prose are published in a poetry collection title "Basadzi Voices" published by University of KwaZulu Natal Press in 2006, journals and e-zines. She performs and exhibit poetry by fusing different art disciplines as she believes that all arts come from the same creative source. She has worked with artist collectives 3rd Eye Vision in Durban the EVE Network in Johannesburg and she is a member of Dead Revolutionaries Club.
In addition to her poetry she has been working in the arts and culture sector since 2002 in various capacities ranging from Artist Liason to Project Management.
Jenda: A Journal on Culture and African Women Studies
Poetry and Interview, South African Labour Bulletin
Poetry and Short Fiction, “Basadzi Voices”, UKZN Press
Poetry, and Interview, The Star Newspaper
Essay, Kush Kollective website
Poetry, Annual Review Critical Psychology Journal
Review, Artthrob website
Self- Published Poetry collection, “Pangs of Initiation”
Poetry, and Interview, City Press Newspaper
Poetry, and Interview, Natal Newspapers group
2003 - 2005
Poetry, Essay and Short Fiction, Agenda Feminist Journal
Poetry and Short Fiction, Litnet e-zine
Performances and Exhibitions
NoHoly Cows: A collaborative visual art performance work between Pam Dlungwana and Bandile Gumbi at Greatmore Studios - Cape Town, SADC Poetry Festival - Gaborone and Poetry Africa - Durban
City Breath Festival of Video Poetry and Performance, "Walking in Plastic: A video colloboration with Filmmaker Kia Lossgott and Dancer Mduduzi Nyembe"
National Department of Arts and Culture, Pretoria, Book club.
AVA Gallery, Cape Town, Exhibition “Scratching the Surface vol 1”
Museum Afrika, Johannesburg, “Black History Month”
Observatory cottages, Johannesburg, “Jozi house of Poetry”
Xarra Books, Johannesburg, Launch “Basadzi Voices”
Xarra Books, Johannesburg, Launch “Pangs of Initiation”
Collaborated with visual artists Nontobeko Ntombela (Women for Children project)
Zimbabwe International Film Festival
Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, “Thupelo Workshops Regional & International”
Sneddon Theatre and Bat Centre, Durban, “Poetry Africa”
2000 - 2008
Collaboration with visual artists and musicians (3rd Eye Vision projects)
Open stages South Africa and Sweden.
Bartel Arts Trust: Tupelo International Workshop, South Africa
Berlin Film Festival: Self-Organisation for Event Management for African TV and Film Market Organisers, Germany
Malmo University: MA in Communication for Development, Sweden