Meet your African authors: Niq Mhlongo and David Medalie

Posted on August 02, 2016

The Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services, cordially invites you to attend this event which will focus on the South African short story.

Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Time: 12:30 – 15:00

Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Merensky 2 Library, Hatfield Campus

More about our authors:

Niq Mhlongo: Niq Mhlongo is a Sowetan-born writer and journalist known and loved for the piercing way in which he tackles current affairs and the madness of post-apartheid South Africa. His first novel, Dog Eat Dog (Kwela, 2004) was translated into Spanish under the title Perro Come Perro in 2006 and awarded the Mar des Lettras prize. Besides writing novels and short stories, Niq has written for comic magazines, television and various other media platforms. His first collection of short stories, Affluenza, was published by Kwela this year and grapples with issues such as crime, xenophobia, racism, homophobia, the new black elite, and land redistribution.

David Medalie: David Medalie is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria. He is also a short story writer, novelist and anthologist. Amongst his publications is The Mistress's Dog, a collection of short stories, which was published in 2010 by Pan Macmillan/ Picador Africa. His short story Recognition won the Sanlam Award (in the unpublished category) in 1996. Another story, The Mistress's Dog, was short-listed for the Caine Prize in 2011. He is the editor of Encounters, a well-known anthology of South African short stories.

Target audience: UP staff and students

RSVP electronically by Tuesday, 16 August 2016 and stand a chance of winning one of 3 copies of Mhlongo's short story anthology Affluenza!

Enquiries: [email protected] or 012 420 2421


- Author Zenzile Msweli

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