Home 9 Botsotso Books 9 The Colours of Our Flag

The Colours of Our Flag

by Allan Kolski Horwitz

This collection of poems by Allan Kolski Horwitz, and illustrated by the painter James de Villiers, was awarded the 2020 Olive Schreiner Award for poetry.

Kolski Horwitz’s poetry encompasses sensually charged relationships and encounters between men and women, examinations of political realities (including the lives of artists and revolutionaries) and imagistic depictions of natural phenomena. This collection, comprising 80 poems written over the past three years, represents a further collaboration with de Villiers – the collection There are Two Birds at my Window (published in 2014) having been the first. James de Villiers has worked with Botsotso for over ten years and produced soundscapes for two Botsotso cd’s of poetry.


Allan Kolski Horwitz was born in 1952 in Vryburg, South Africa but grew up in Cape Town. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to live in Johannesburg in 1986. Since then he has worked as an organiser and educator in the trade union and social housing movements. He is a writer in various genres as well as being a songwriter and singer. Since leaving full-time employment in the trade unions in 2009, he continues on an ad hoc with his work as an educator and activist. He is a member of the Botsotso Jesters poetry performance group and of the Botsotso board of management.




ISBN 9780981420561
Pages 166
Dimensions 210 x 148mm
Published 2016
Publisher Botsotso Publishing, South Africa
Format Paperback