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 Ms. Meg Van der Merwe

Position: Lecturer
Department: CMDR Reps
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Qualifications: BA Hons (Oxon), MA (Sussex), MA with Distinction (UEA), PGCE (Univ London)
Tel: +27 21 959
Fax: +27 21 9592202
Email: mvandermerwe@uwc.ac.za
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Biography

 Meg Van der Merwe BA Hons (Oxon), MA (Sussex), MA with Distinction (UEA), PGCE (Univ London), PhD in progress (Univ Lancaster) teaches in the UWC English Department at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is a fiction writer whose work has been published in newspapers and anthologies in South Africa and the U.K. In 2010 she published her short story collection, This Place I Call Home (Modjaji, Athlone, South Africa) and is currently at work on a novel that forms a part of her PhD in progress at the University of Lancaster.  She is also interested in the practise and nurture of creative writing, as well as its pedagogical theory, particularly in a multi-lingual Southern African context. To this effect she has published essays on the art of writing as well as contributed creative writing teaching exercises to books aimed at Higher Education tutors and lecturers.

Other areas of academic and creative research include: immigrant writing, most notably depictions of the refugee, migrant and immigrant in (Southern) African fiction, as well as the treatment of xenophobia; Albino experience in Southern Africa; African American women’s writing, and American Literature and Theory post 1945.

Meg’s teaching includes responsibility for the multi-lingual creative writing programme at UWC (UWC CREATES), for which she is a primary lecturer and tutor at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as tutoring and lecturing English 3.

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