Philomène is a French teacher and translator because she is in love with words. She writes poetry and short stories and published The Widening of The Womb and Other Stories, a collection of stories narrated by Old Testament characters using a feminist lens. She has a poem on xenophobia in the book Disrupting Denial: Analysing invisible/visible violence & trauma and thinks that the 42 contributors and the editor of that book are wonder workers.
Sometimes, Philomène is a mother in small letters and at times it is in capitals. She has been a member of the Congolese diaspora in South Africa for her whole adult life and is the adoptee of a Belgian and French interracial family which leads her to believe that God had a giggle when ‘sending her’ to South Africa in 1993.
Philomène’s favourite word is Grace. She uses it all the time.