MOIRA LOVELL was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she grew up and went to school. Subsequently, she attended UCT and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has taught English for over forty years, and was Head of the English Department at The Wykeham Collegiate, in Pietermaritzburg, from 1990 to 2015, when she retired.
She has had four collections of poetry published:
Out of the Mist (Snailpress, 1994); Departures (Snailpress, 1997); Not all of Me is Dust (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2004); Speech after long silence (Otterley Press, 2017). Her poetry has appeared in many South African journals, including Carapace, New Coin, New Contrast and Stanzas. It has also been included in numerous anthologies and in a number of textbooks.
As well as writing poetry, Moira Lovell has written a number of Short Stories and plays. In 2000, she won the Olive Schreiner Award for Drama (Playwriting) for Bedtime Stories.
Notes is her fifth collection of poetry.
The image on the front cover features a rock painting from a site in Tanzania. It is worked in red ochre and is thought to date from Palaeolithic times.