Brian Ernest Walter, is a South African poet who hails from Port Elizabeth. Born in 1956 he has written many poems about the Northern Areas in Port Elizabeth and currently works with the Helenvale Poet Group.
Walter started his career as a teacher at the Chapman Senior Secondary School in Gelvandale. He later taught at the University Of Fort Hare in Alice. He later worked on his PhD at Rhodes University focusing on Sol Plaatjies’ use of the romance mode to project a vision that could avert potential tragedy, using cross-culture knowledge and sympathy to transform tragic unkindness into a more human, moral understanding.
Walter has had five books of poetry published:
Tracks and Baakens, Lovedale Press
Otherwise and Other Poems, Echoing Green Press
Poems Packed for Travel, Poetree Publications
Co-authored Groundwork, MacMillan
Walter is currently working alongside Alvené Appollis- du Plessis on an educational community development project called the Helenvale Poets. The group through the guidance of Walter create poems about their community and surroundings. The have produced two books called Uitsig and Tussen Strate
Walter has received multiple awards including:
1999: Thomas Pringle Award
2000: Ingrid Jonker Prize for his book Tracks
2000: Premier’s Arts and Culture Awards Eastern Cape
2005: National Department of Arts and Culture Award for Outstanding Literature.
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