About us

Laurel is a semi-annual literary and arts magazine. The magazine is free of charge and easily downloadable as a PDF-file. Our aim is to exhibit new and established voices in the poetry and arts communities that are authentic and powerful.
We value the interdisciplinary nature of art-making immensely and are devoted to the collaboration of poets and artists. We therefore often pair poems and artworks that speak to each other and encourage open interpretation and experimentation. Our team is located in Southern Africa, but our scope is not limited to any country or border.
We welcome the work of any nationality, race, sexuality, religion, or creed so long as the work submitted upholds artistic integrity, honours the human condition, and is aimed at informing the way we engage with ourselves and the world.

Three Bule Lines


" an art; and artists...are human beings. As a human being stands, so a human being is...."
-e. e. cummings

Charika Swanepoel

Founder & Editor-in-Chief


Charika Swanepoel is a South African poet and literary scholar. She is currently completing her MA. at the North-West University and some of her poems have appeared in and on platforms such as the Kalahari Review, New Contrast, Stanzas, Prufrock Magazine, Aerodrome, Glass Poetry etc. She is also reader at Helen: A Literary Magazine and Frontier Poetry and Editor-in-Chief of EGLAF Arts Collective. She can be reached at

Ashley Hambly

Visual & Literary Editor

Visual & Literary Editor

Ashley is a lover of all creative arts, from poetry to pottery and everything in between. She will be busy with her MA in English Literature for the next couple of years, and she is passionate about literature and art since she believes that these mediums can truly convey a message, and perhaps change the world bit by bit. She's especially interested in art and literature with an Ecocritical theme; she believes that the destruction of nature is one of the greatest problems that the world has to face.

Moynenne Mortimer

Literary Editor

Literary Editor

Moynenne Mortimer is an English Honours student at the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus. With a familial interest in politics, her literary taste varies from the poetic to the political. Apart from the appreciation of literature, she also enjoys watching movies and spouting random facts about these movies.

Ruan Fourie

Visual & Literary Editor

Visual & Literary Editor

Ruan Fourie is a masters student in Afrikaans literature, focussing — among other things — on ecocritism and bizarre allegory (and whales and earthworms). He completed his honours in creative writing in 2017, the year his debut poetry collection (’n ope brief aan Dorian Gray) was published. He has a profound appreciation of "the adaptability of art and writing and artists and writers in our increasingly small world, keeping a finger in the world’s pulse and simultaneously, perpetually, building a 'me'".

Mariska Nel

Media Manager

Literary & Visual Editor

Mariska Nel describes herself as a student of life. "You have to find the beauty, you have to do the things that scare the living crap out of you (wat is meer scary as daardie 02:00 gedagtes wat jy probeer neerpen) and though every single one of us has a different idea of what beauty is, we have to share it, ons moet dit uitleef, laat leef, ons moet skep. O-ja, en in die wyse woorde van J.R.R Martin, "YOU KNOW NOTHING".

Elzandré Ayres vd Walt

Art Director


Elzandré, the curator and founder of EGLAF Arts Collective is a South African arts project manager, artist and part time arts lecturer. She completed her Honours Degree in Art History at the North-West University in 2013.She has been actively involved in the arts sphere and has also worked as ad hoc assistant and later assistant curator at the NWU Gallery (2013- 2016), operational manager of the Aardklop Visual Arts programme and gallery agent at Turbine Art Fair (2015 and 2016)