Education and career
Cosmo Pieterse went to the University of Cape Town and taught in Cape Town until leaving South Africa in 1965. He was banned under the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1962. He subsequently taught in London and at Ohio University in the United States: arriving at Ohio University in 1970, he became a tenured faculty member in 1976. However, after travelling to meet his London publisher in 1979 he was denied re-entry to the US on classified information, allegedly for being "a suspected communist".
In London Pieterse worked for the BBC World Service at Bush House in the later 1960s and early '70s. Also an occasional actor, he appeared in The Burning, a 1968 30-minute short drama film directed by Stephen Frears. As a poet, Pieterse has been characterised as producing work that is very "European in its tone, metaphors, and delivery", as Laura Linda Holland writes: "Cosmo Pieterse's poems, like those of Brutus, are heavily inundated with Western influences, concerns, and motifs while retaining a definite African bias....Cosmo Pieterse uses his love of words to create poetry of hope and renewal."
- Ten One-act Plays. London: Heinemann Educational Books, African Writers Series 34, 1968.
- (with Donald Munro) Protest & Conflict in African Literature, Heinemann Educational, 1969.
- Seven South African Poets: Poems of Exile. African Writers Series 64. London: Heinemann Educational, 1971.
- Short African Plays. London: Heinemann, African Writers Series 78, 1972.
- Five African Plays. London: Heinemann, African Writers Series 114, 1972.
- (with Dennis Duerden) African Writers Talking: a collection of radio interviews, Holmes & Meier, 1972.
- (with Gwyneth Henderson) Nine African Plays for Radio. London: Heinemann, African Writers Series 114, 1973.
- Echo and Choruses: "Ballad of the Cells", and selected shorter poems, 1974.
- (with George Hallett) Present Lives Future Becoming: South African Landscape in Words and Pictures. Guildford: Hickory Press Ltd, 1974.
- (with Angus Calder and Jack Mapanje) Summer Fires: New Poetry of Africa - an anthology of entries from the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award. Heinemann Educational Books, 1983.
- (with Amelia House) Nelson Mandelamandla. Three Continents Press, 1989.
- Melanie J. House, "Their Place on the South African Stage: The Peninsula Dramatic Society and the Trafalgar Players" (dissertation), Graduate Program in Theatre, The Ohio State University 2010.
- Donald E. Herdeck, African Authors: a companion to Black African writing, 1973, p. 344.
- Alex La Guma, Apartheid: a collection of writings on South African racism by South Africans. New York: International Publishers, 1971, p. 76.
- Hans Karssenberg, City Poem 67- Cape Town, 1 January 2004.
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- Selwyn Cudjoe, "In tribute to Nelson Mandela", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 16 December 2013.
- Lindsay Johns, "In Memory of Bush House... on the day the home of the BBC World Service closes its doors for the last time", Mail Online, 12 July 2012.
- "The Burning (1968)", IMDb.
- Joe Bendel, "United We Stand: South African Cinema During Apartheid", 5 April 2011.
- "Burning, The", Complete Index To World Film.
- Holland, Laura Linda, "A Critical Survey of Contemporary South African Poetry: The Language of Conflict and Commitment" (1987), pp. 41-43. Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5964.
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