I am a South African author of four novels and a short-story collection, and a contributing editor at the Johannesburg Review of Books. My novel Nineveh was published in the UK and US in 2016, and Green Lion appeared in the UK in 2017. Both books were shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, South Africa’s most prestigious literary award.

My short stories have appeared in various international publications, including GrantaAGNI and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. In 2012, my short story ‘Sanctuary’ took second place in the BBC International Short Story Competition. My story ‘Poison’ was awarded the 2008 Caine Prize for African Writing as well as the 2007 South African PEN Literary Award.

My work has been translated into French, Spanish, German and Turkish. In French translation, Nineveh won the François Sommer Literary Prize in 2015.

I have held various artist’s residencies around the world, including in the US, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. I am currently studying towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia.


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