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HEDLEY TWIDLE (rhymes with ‘idle’) is a writer, teacher and researcher based at the University of Cape Town. He was the winner of the inaugural Bodley Head / Financial Times Essay Competition in 2012 for his piece ‘Getting Past Coetzee’. His essay collection, Firepool: Experiences in an Abnormal World, was published by Kwela in 2017. His next book, on narrative non-fiction and the South African transition, will appear in 2019.



A.C. Jordan Building 127      
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch 7701
South Africa                                                    

English Department                                             
Archive and Public Culture
Environmental Humanities South       

i was born 24 february 1980 in johannesburg                 
i found myself in a situation