“Thembe challenges societal conceptions of vulnerability, suggesting that being vulnerable can be a positive thing.” – TEDx Talks



Thembe Mvula is a South African born writer and performance poet currently based in London. Her work has been described as “having a profound ability to allow readers and listeners to exist in different places at the same time” (Bridget Minamore).  Thembe has headlined nationally and internationally, including at the Tate Modern, Oslo Afro Arts festival and has featured at Latitude festival. Her TEDx talk has been translated into different languages including Mandarin and Cantonese . 


In 2017 Thembe was a finalist in The Roundhouse poetry slam competition. She was a member of The Roundhouse poetry collective in 2018-19 and is currently a Barbican Young Poet. Her prize shortlisted debut poetry pamphlet, We that Wither Beneath,  was self published in March 2019.