Botsotso Publishing is a not-for-profit organisation that evolved out of the great performance BotsotsoLogo_WithText2collected known as the Botsotso Jesters.

They publish poetry (anthologies and individuals), short stories, and non-fiction titles such as Twelve + One, Botsotso, Gova by Ike Mboneni Muila, Soulfire Experience by Sphiwe ka Ngwenya, Un/Common Ground by Allan Kolski Horwitz and Kuyanuka and Othe Plays by Gha-Makhulu Diniso.

The Botsotso Jesters are poets, writers, performers and visual artists – Ike Mboneni Wangu Muila, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Anna Varney. They also included the late extraodinary poet and performer Isabella Motadinyane.

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The annual literary journal Botsotso has had sixteen editions featuring poetry, short stories, photography and art in all of South Africa’s languages.

Botsotso focusses on publishing work that is “of and about the varied cultures and life experiences of people in South Africa”.

The collective, Botsotso Jesters, continues to write and perform poetry as well as write plays and oer kinfpds of fiction. On how they select what to publish, Kolski Horwitz says, “We usually divide ourselves when editing. There would be people dealing with poetry, short stories, drama/theatre, visual arts/illustrations, reviews, languages and so forth. After a long period of editing we come together with our selections. We need something that is fresh and not rhetorical.”

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