The Centre for African Cultural Excellence is excited to announce that renowned writer Zukiswa Wanner will be one of the judges for the premier WriTivism short-story competition. The WriTivism competition targets young people of fifteen to twenty five years of age and in its inaugural year 2012/13, the themes are Diversity, Equality and Identity. WriTivism aims at improving the standards of short story writing in Uganda and will dedicate time and resources to developing the craft of those who shall be shortlisted. It is in this spirit that the competition engages reputable and experienced writers like Zukiswa Wanner to expose the Ugandan writers to world-standard literature.
Zukiswa Wanner‘s profile
Born to a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother in Zambia, Zukiswa Wanner is the author of the novels The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008), Commonwealth and Herman Charles Bosman Award shortlisted Men of the South (2010). Her two children’s books, Jama Loves Bananas and Refilwe, came out in 2012. Wanner is co-editor of the African-Asian short story anthology Behind the Shadows (2012) with Indian author and editor, Rohini Chowdhury. She is one of 66 writers in the world (with Wole Soyinka, Jeanette Winterson, and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, among others) to write a contemporary response to the Bible. The works were staged in London theatres and at Westminister Abbey in October 2011. 66 Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Version Bible’s proceeds benefit disadvantaged art students. Wanner co-authored A Prisoner’s Home (2010), a biography on the first Mandela house 8115 Vilakazi Street with award-winning South African photographer Alf Kumalo as well as L’Esprit du Sport (2010) with French photographer Amelie Debray.
As an essayist she has written The Politics of Race, Class, and Identity in Education http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/3429/zukiswa_wanner_south_africa/ and 2011 Mail & Guardian’s book of Women Introductory essay, Being a Woman in South Africa http://bow2011.mg.co.za/essays/on-being-a-woman-in-south-africa/. She was in the inaugural writing team for first South African radio soapie in English, SAFM’s Radio Vuka.
She has been a regular participant at the prime literary events in South Africa, Time of the Writer, Franschhoek Literary Festival and Cape Town Book Fair and has also participated in literary festivals in England (London Book Fair), Denmark, Germany (BIGSAS Festival of African Literature), Zimbabwe (Intwasa Arts Festival), Algeria (Algiers Book Fair), Norway and Ghana (Pan African Literary Festival). In addition to this, she has conducted workshops for young writers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Denmark, Germany and Kenya.
Wanner has contributed articles to Observer, Forbes Africa, New Statesman, O, Elle, The Guardian, Africa Review, Mail & Guardian, Marie Claire, Real, New African Woman, Juice, Afropolitan, OpenSpace, Wordsetc, Baobab, Sunday Independent, City Press, & Sunday Times.
She regularly blogs at www.zukiswawanner.wordpress.com