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TJ Dema is a Spoken Word poet and arts manager born in Gaborone, Botswana, in 1981. She is the Chairwoman of the Writers’ Association of Botswana. About her passion for language she says, “I have always taken words – especially the spoken word – very seriously. We speak things into being; by expressing an opinion or thinking a thing out loud, you summon the intention behind it. It isn’t, but it is that simple.” She uses her texts to tell little stories – about Gaborone, where she was born, about the pain of a mother giving birth to a child, about ageing.
In 2005 TJ Dema took part in the British Council ‘Crossing Borders’ project and was a guest at many festivals, making her known beyond the boundaries of the African continent – her poems have already appeared in a Chinese anthology. In 2012 she recorded the album Dreaming Is A Gift For Me with twelve Botswanian poets in three of Botswana’s languages.
The Sonic Slam Chorus (2011)
Dreaming Is A Gift For Me (2012)