Khadija Tracey Heeger

Is a performance poet grown on the Cape Flats.

Khadija Tracey Heeger’s work has been characterised as stark and unapologetic.

She has performed and written two multimedia poetic/theatre pieces, Stone Words (commissioned in 2007 for Spier) and Uhadi (Paris, 2013 Festival d’Automne, with Toni Stuart, Ncebakazi Mnukwana and Christopher Ferndale). Stone words was also taken to Grahamstown in 2009. In 2013 Modjaji books published Khadija’s first poetry collection ‘Beyond the Delivery Room’.

Khadija has opened for the likes of Saul Williams and has been commissioned to write for Infecting the City on land, the World Economic Forum on Africa, the formation of a human rights NGO focussing on Human Trafficking to name a few. Her professional poetic journey spans 12 years or more and she is devoted to transformation and true integration.

She continues to work in Heritage, Arts and Social development sectors and has recently joined Bonfire Theatre company. Her working life is varied and interesting, from television series Sara se Geheim & Montana to facilitation of creative writing and memory and imagination workshops, to non-mainstream tours in the city of Cape Town, to poetry and theatrical stage performances on various platforms working with various companies such as Jazzart, The Cape Cultural Collective, the Africa Centre arts Aweh project to museums transformation projects with the Department of Arts, Culture and Sport.