C. J. (Jonty) Driver is a South African-born poet and novelist.
He spent his early life in South Africa, and for two years was the outspokenly anti-Apartheid President of the National Union of South African Students. After being detained by the police, Jonty fled to the UK and was prohibited from entering South Africa for the next 20 years.
Jonty has published numerous collections of poetry, as well as five novels and a biography. A number of his books were banned in South Africa for many years. More recently he has held the post of headmaster at various schools, including Wellington College, and has written about education for newspapers including the TLS.
He is currently honorary senior lecturer in the School of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.