Michiel Heyns An ex-lecturer in English at Stellenbosch University. He has published several novels, starting with Children’s Day (2002), Bodies Politic (2008) which was the winner of the Herman Charles Bosman Award and most recently, Invisible Furies (2012). He won the English Academy’s Sol Plaatje Award for Translating (2008) as well as the South African Translators’ Institute Award for a Literary Translation for his translation of Agaat.
Marguerite Poland is the author of Shades and Taken Captive by Birds: A Memoir
Zakes Mda is an academic, novelist, poet and playwright. He has won major South African and British literary awards for his novels and plays. He is currently a Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.
Sikhumbuzo Mngadi is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Johannesburg
Leon De Kock is professor of English at Stellenbosch University and the author of fiction, poetry, literary translation and works of criticism
Mbongiseni Buthelezi teaches African and Diaspora literature in the English Department at UCT
Konstantin Sofianos is currently a Lecturer in English Literature at UCT, and the convenor for postgraduate studies in the Department. He was educated at UCT and at Oxford University, where he completed his Masters and doctoral work. His research interests centre on the novel form – his PhD was concerned with George Eliot, Joseph Conrad and Olive Schreiner – and the historical development of novelistic fiction in South Africa.
Bhekizizwe Peterson is Professor of African Literature at Wits University
Aghogho Akpome is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at University of Johannesburg. He is also a freelance writer
Kelwyn Sole is a poet and critic who is a professor in the English department of the University of Cape Town. He recently won the Thomas Pringle Award for Poetry. His sixth collection of poetry, Absent Tongues, was recently published by Modaji Books
Rob Gaylard was born in Zimbabwe, and educated at the universities of Natal, Rhodes and Exeter. He has a D.Litt from Stellenbosch University, where he lectured in the English Department for about 30 years. His main area of research was black South African writing, in particular the short story. He was for many years Treasurer of the Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa.
Gary Baines is an associate professor of history at Rhodes University and co-editor of Beyond the Border War: New perspectives on Southern Africa’s late-Cold War conflicts
Dr Betty Govinden is a Senior Research Associate, UKZN
The late Margaret Lenta was an emeritus professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her interests were in Cape history in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, especially the history of slavery and the writings of Lady Anne Barnard, and contemporary South African fiction. She edited jointly with Michael Chapman SA Lit; Beyond 2000 (UKZN Press).
Rustum Kozain is a former English lecturer, who now works as a freelance editor. His second volume of poetry, Groundwork was published in July by Kwela Books/Snailpress
Matthew Blackman has a masters in creative writing and a masters from LSE in the philosophy of public policy which focused on the theory of development and aid policy in relationship to notions of freedom from Kant to Sen. He teaches philosophy of aesthetics at UCT and is the managing editor of Artthrob