Yewande Omotoso is an architect and author, with a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her debut novel, ‘Bomboy’ (2011 Modjaji Books), won the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize and was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She was a 2015 Miles Morland Scholar. Yewande’s second novel ‘The Woman Next Door’ (Chatto and Windus) was published in May 2016. It was shortlisted for the Aidoo-Snyder Prize, the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, the UJ Literary Prize and longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Literature Prize.
Prof. Joan Hambidge is a poet and academic, known for her iconoclastic approach to Afrikaans literary traditions and for being the first Afrikaans author to have dealt with lesbianism from an insider's perspective. She holds a BA (Hons, cum laude) from Stellenbosch University, an MA (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria, and two doctoral degrees, the first from Rhodes University and the second from the University of Cape Town, where Hambidge has taught since 1992. Her publications include Matriks (2015), Meditasies (2013), and Vuurwiel (2009). Hambidge is also the recipient of the 1986 Eugène Marais Prize and the 2012 ATKV Prize.
Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Damon Galgut is a one of South Africa’s best-known novelists. A graduate of UCT’s Drama department, Galgult wrote his debut novel at the age of 17, and has since published another seven, as well as four plays. His novel, 'The Good Doctor' (2003), was shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize, and won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best Book). Galgut’s most recent novels include 'In a Strange Room' (2010)–also shortlisted for the Booker Prize–and 'Arctic Summer' (2014), a fictionalised account of EM Forster's relationships in wartime Alexandria and India.
Siphokazi Jonas has written, produced, and performed in three one-woman poetry productions: ‘Poetry Under the Stars,’ ‘Wrestling with Dawn,’ and ‘Conspiracy Theory’. In 2016, Jonas presented the multi-genre theatre production, ‘Around the Fire,’ at the Artscape Spiritual Festival, and in June 2016 she released the first live poetry DVD of its kind in South Africa. Jonas has been a featured act in the Inzync Poetry Sessions, Expression Session Kuilsriver, Grounding Sessions, Artsemble and the Jo’burg Theatre CSP Open Sessions. She holds a Masters degree in English Literature, and teaches at UCT's English department.
Ron Irwin is a lecturer and writer who has taught at the University of Cape Town's Centre for Film and Media Studies since 2009. He was the writer in residence for UCT's MA in Creative Writing in 2008 after teaching in the programme for ten years. Irwin has worked as a documentary film maker and film agent, and is a brand management consultant to numerous companies, including Strategic Name Development in Minneapolis, Interbrand in New York and Catalyst Communications in Cape Town. Irwin holds a Masters degree in Literary Studies and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from UCT. He is the author of 'Flat Water Tuesday'.
Wanjiru Koinange is a Kenyan writer and author of ‘The Havoc of Choice.’ Koinange obtained her undergraduate degree in journalism and literature from the United States International University, and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Koinange has worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians, and is currently a project manager at Badilisha Poetry X-Change.