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



Thembe Mvula is a South African writer and poet based in London. A Barbican Young Poet and Roundhouse Poetry Collective almumna whose 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 was a finalist in The Roundhouse poetry slam competition in 2017 and featured at Latitude festival in 2019. She has performed nationally and internationally, previously headlining at Uniqlo Tate Lates, Jawdance and Oslo Afro Arts festival.  Her TEDx talk has been translated into different languages including Mandarin and Cantonese . 


Her prize shortlisted debut poetry pamphlet, We that Wither Beneath,  was self published in March 2019 and listed among the top 52 books of the year by the Poetry School. Thembe is currently completing a Creative Writing MSt at Oxford University.