TERRY WESTBY-NUNN

Filmmaker & Writer

For a long time I’ve been keeping warm, walking up mountains, and trying to figure this life thing out.

I write novels, the odd poem, short stories, articles, and essays. I’m currently a Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow in Creative Writing at Rhodes University in Makhanda-Grahamstown, South Africa.

I’m fond of caramelised onions, thinking about the world, and belly-laughs. 

As a seasoned television professional, I conceptualise, research, direct, edit, produce, and script. 

Writing

The Sea of Wise Insects

My debut novel, The Sea of Wise Insects, won the 2012 University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize – debut category.

Writing

As with my video work, I’m a versatile writer. I script copy for clients, pen poems, and write odd novels.

As I’m concerned about the Anthropocene, for my PhD in Creative Writing I looked at South African speculative fiction through an ecofeminist lens.

 

Video Work

Custom

Art short

My 2011 film on the global environmental crisis.

Top Award:

Letters from the Sky – International Festival of Experimental Films on Climate Change.

Letters from Teddy

Documentary

Screened at the Durban International Film Festival.

An intimate family portrait.

“In those times, in that society, it was a scandal…”

The Electrician

Art short

Poem by Tania Haberland (van Schalkwyk).

Visuals and editing by Terry Westby-Nunn.

A collaboration between Tania and Terry.

My impartial handbag

 

My handbag is an open mouth
yawning, waiting to be fed with keys and money and lists,
the same things it spits out.
Sometimes it’s playful, burying my phone in a new crevice.
It talks – tells me to paint my nails, my lips, my face,
my personality.
I take it everywhere, this gobbling, nagging, heavy
much loved limb.