Athol has authored fifteen books which includes five books of poetry, the popular children’s picture book series, Oaky, as well as his popular inspirational autobiography, Pushing Boulders.
Over 100 of Athol’s poems have been published in literary publications in South Africa, USA, UK, India, France, Sweden, Nigeria, Botswana and Zimbabwe. He has been invited to read his poetry at most literary festivals in South Africa as well as literary events in the UK, US, India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and France. In 2017, the Western Cape Government awarded Athol the Cultural Affairs Award for his contribution to the literary arts. He is the only poet to be awarded the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award twice, and has received four other literary awards. His poems have been used in a humanitarian campaign, in a public space, inside a building and in a movie.
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News and Events
18 January 2021
Athol will be the guest poet at Off the Wall. More info here.
29 December 2020
'Cape Town author’s poems among literary journal’s best' - Plainsman
16 December 2020
FRAGILE has been published by Theart Press
FRAGILE is Athol's fifth book of poetry. The book presents a collaboration with 65 accomplished South African artists in which he produce an 8-line reflective poem for each of the artists' paintings. The poetry and art reflect upon our world to remind us of its fragility, but also offers a hopeful message, that, while our world may be fragile, it is not broken. READ MORE
THE BOOK OF EDEN presents a spiritual philosophical revelation that addresses political, economic, environmental and daily living topics of great relevance in our modern world. The book oﬀers spiritual understanding as well as personal and societal guidance for a hopeful future.
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