Christine Coates

Homegrown looks backwards, at childhood, and delves into the pain and beauty of a time that has passed.

Homegrown is a debut collection of poetry by Christine Coates, whose poems have been widely published in journals and anthologised, and have been included in the Sol Plaatje EU collections for the past five years.

Christine Coats

Christine Coats

Christine Coates is a poet and writer from Cape Town who spends many hours walking on the mountain or besides the sea. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. She has an interest in life-writing or memoir, and the recovery of personal history through public and private imagery. She translated her great-grandfather’s Boer War journals and presented them in parallel text as a handmade, leather-bound book. She has undertaken the 800km pilgrimage across Spain, on the Camino de Compostela. Her stories and poems have been published in various literary journals: New Contrast, New Coin, Deep Water Literary Journal, scrutiny2, and the Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry Review. Her poems were selected for the EU Sol Plaatje Poetry anthologies 2011 – 2014.

“A beautifully arranged collection, the moving story of a single life’s journey towards wisdom and insight. Christine Coates’ poetic voice balances mystery with simplicity; she manages to evoke both a universally shared experience and a uniquely South African landscape and history.”

Finuala Dowling