Dowling is redefining poetry, bringing her distinctive voice and wit to bear on a medium so often stuck in moody, broody times.

Arja Salafranca, The Star

Finuala Dowling is a brave new voice in South African poetry, filled with vitality, wit, unexpected rhythms and fresh ideas . . . Always accessible, Dowling’s poetry is never shallow.

Shirley Kossick, Mail&Guardian

Here is a woman who does not apologise for being human . . . Her work is entertaining, but not compromising. It brings affection and attention to everyday emotions and experiences. They are love poems fused with passion and generosity.

Don Maclennan, prize citation for Doo-Wop Girls of the Universe


Pretend You Don’t Know Me (2019)

Pretend You Don’t Know Me (2018)

Change is Possible (2014)

Notes from the Dementia Ward (2008)

Doo-Wop Girls of the Universe (2006)

I flying (2002)

Instagram poems


Written after Jagger library burned down at UCT.