Jolyn Phillips was born and bred in Blompark, Gansbaai. She completed a Masters in Creative Writing and is currently studying towards a PhD in Creative Writing at UWC. Her short stories and poetry have been published in numerous journals and anthologies including, New Contrast, Aerodrome, This is my Land (UWC publication, 2011) and Harvest (UWC poetry anthology, 2016). Her debut collection of short stories, Tjieng Tjang Tjerries, was published to great acclaim in 2016 (prescribed at the University of Rhodes, shortlisted for UJ prize for best Debut and won the NIHSS Prize for Best Fiction). Tjieng Tjang Tjerries was adapted for stage in collaboration with Kleisand Productions and Woordfees 2018. In July 2017, she published Radbraak, her debut collection of Afrikaans poetry. The collection was shortlisted for the Elizabeth Eybers Prize (2018) and won the UJ Prize for best Debut (2018). She has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Franschhoek Literary Festival, The Open Book Festival, Kingsmead Literary Festival, the Lees Fees and the McGregor Festival.