Sepamla, Sydney Sipho

About Sydney Sipho Sepamla

Biography (South African History Online)

Biography (Poetry Foundation)

Furlong-Bollinger, Susan. “Sipho Sepamla” Guide to Literary Masters & Their Works, 2007

Sole, Kelwyn. “Sipho Sepamla.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: South African Writers, vol. 225, Scanlon (ed.), 2000

Gray, Stephen. “Sipho Sepamla.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth-Century Caribbean and Black African Writers, Third Series, vol. 157, Lindfors (ed.), 1996

Obituary (Tydskrif Vir Letterkunde)



Paton, Jonathan. “Committed to The Struggle: Sipho Sepamla: ‘Third Generation’.” Reality, vol. 19, no. 2, 1987  

Crane, Hugh M. “A Ride on the Whirlwind (Book).” Library Journal, vol. 109, no. 20, 1984

February, Vernie. “Sipho Sepamla, The Soweto I Love.” African Literature Today, vol. 10, 1979

Hope, Christopher. “Four Poems.” Index on Censorship, vol. 7, Jan. 1978



Ngwenya, Thengani H. “Interview with Sipho Sepamla: 2 September 1993.” English Academy Review, 1994

Granqvist, Raoul, and John Stotesbury. African Voices: Interviews with Thirteen African Writers, 1989

Gray, Stephen. “Stephan Gray Interviews Sipho Sepamla.” Pacific Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 3-4, 1981

Gray, Stephen. “Sipho Sempala. Spirit Which Refuses to Die.” Index on Censorship, vol. 7, Jan. 1978



Nicholls, Brendon. “Decolonization and Popular Poetics: From Soweto Poetry to Diasporic Solidarity.” English in Africa, vol. 45, no. 3, 2018

Penfold, Tom. “Volume, Power, Originality: Reassessing the Complexities of Soweto Poetry.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 41, no. 4, 2015

Worsfold, Brian. “Post-Apartheid Transculturalism in Sipho Sepamla's Rainbow Journey and J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace.” Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World, Geoffrey et al. (eds.), 2005

Geertsema, Johan. “Fictionalization, Conscientization and the Trope of Exile in Amandla and Third Generation.” Literator, vol. 14, no. 3, 1993

Lehmann, Elmar. “Liberation and Fiction’s Problematical Endings: On Recent South African Novels.” Crisis and Conflict: Essays on Southern African Literature, Davis (ed.), 1990

Watson, Stephen. “Poetry in South Africa Today.” World Literature Today, vol. 64, no. 1, 1990

February, Vernie. And Bid Him Sing: Essays in Literature and Cultural Domination, 1988

Sole, Kelwyn. “The Days of Power: Depictions of Politics and Community in Four Recent South African Novels.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 19, no. 1, 1988

Rich, Paul. “Growing and Grappling: Sipho Sepamla and the Construction of a Black South African Literary Identity.” Wasafiri, vol. 4, 1986

Ezenwa-Ohaeto. “Black Consciousness in East and South African Poetry: Unity and Divergence in the Poetry of Taban Lo Liyong and Sipho Sepamla.” Présence Africaine, vol. 140, 1986

Ralph-Bowman, Mark. “The Price of Being a Writer.” Index on Censorship, vol. 11, no. 4, Aug. 1982




Rainbow Journey (1996)

Scattered Survival (1988)

Third Generation (1986)

A Ride on the Whirlwind (1981)

The Root is One (1979)


Poetry Collections

From Goré to Soweto (1988)

Selected Poems (1984)

Children of the Earth (1983)

The Soweto I Love (1977)

The Blues Is You in Me (1976)

Hurry Up to It! (1975)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“To What Extent Is the South African Writer's Problem Still Bleak and Immense?” Criticism and Ideology, Petersen (ed.), 1988

“The Urban Cultural Scene - Theatre: Extracts from a Winter School Talk.” S’ketsh’, 1979

“The Black Writer in South Africa Today: Problems and Dilemmas.” The New Classic, vol. 3, 1976

“Interview: Cornie Mabaso.” S’ketsh’, 1975


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Sipho Sepamla Reads His Poems For PEN America. Soundcloud, 20 Apr. 1984