An interview with Megan Hall

Megan Hall was born and grew up in Cape Town and studied at the University of Cape Town.  She has worked in the publishing industry since 1995 and is currently publishing manager for dictionaries and school literature in English at Oxford University Press Southern Africa.

Her poetry has appeared in various local journals since 1991, as well as in the school anthology Worldscapes.  A short story was published in Botsotso 14 and an essay of hers was included in Leaves to a Tree, edited by Robin Malan.  She has also edited poetry and fiction for New Contrast and taken part in both Young Voices (the 2004 South African Online Writers’ Conference hosted by LitNet) and the 2005 Crossing Borders programme, a British Council-sponsored writer’s mentorship.  She lives in Cape Town with her partner, daughter and cat.

Read the interview here.

Read Megan’s poems on the Poetry International Web.

Postcript:  Since our interview, Megan’s collection, Fourth Child (Modjaji Books, 2007), has been awarded the 2008 Ingrid Jonker Prize for the best debut collection of Afrikaans or English poetry.

3 thoughts on “An interview with Megan Hall

  1. swimmingup

    THis gives me the courage to keep writing, even Megan Hall says sharing a poem gives her a scary feeling!

  2. Michelle Post author

    You must keep writing if it’s your passion, Sarah.

    There’s this quote by John Updike I love:

    Contrary to popular impression, writers, unlike pole vaulters, do not know when they have done their best …

    I think many poets find sharing a poem – for the first time especially – frightening.

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