Welcome to Zukiswa Wanner’s official website!

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African writer, editor, and publisher born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe and currently based in Kenya but who considers the whole African continent her home. Her debut novel, The Madams (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 K.Sello Duiker Award in 2007. Her third novel Men of the South (2010) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best...

October 22-25: Ake Festival 2020

Now in its 8th year, Ake Arts & Book Festival has brought over 700 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, filmmakers and thinkers together to dialogue and celebrate creativity on the African continent through panel discussions, art exhibitions, workshops, storytelling, book chats, poetry performances, a concert, stage play and unforgettable films. I will be doing...

October 23: Representing Africa with the New Daughters

A discussion on African representation in education, art, and literature. To mark the paperback release of the pivotal anthology New Daughters of Africa, contributors Anni Domingo, Ade Solanke, Goretti Kyomeuhendo, and Zukiswa Wanner join Lavinya Stennett to discuss their perspectives on African representation in education, art, and literature. We will also hear readings from the anthology...

October 10: Virtually Yours with Niq Mhlongo

I have started a new series with Goethe Namibia called Virtually Yours which is a series of online discussions – Virtual Gatherings – with contemporary authors from Africa. Virtually Yours aims to create an online platform for avid readers, writers, academics, publishers, agents, and anyone else interested in literature by writers from Africa. The series of online discussions will be held...

September 12/13: South African Book Fair 2020

I am one of the featured speakers at this year’s South African Book Fair which runs from September 11-13, 2020. Join me at the following sessions. Saturday, September 12, 2020 Collecting From Afar: Stories Full Of Home How do perceptions change and how are stories shaped when you leave home? Join writers Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country), Deon Maas (Witboy In Berlin), Niq Mhlongo,...

Receiving the Goethe Medal 2020 on Wolfgang Von Goethe’s birthday.

I officially received the Goethe Medal on Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s birthday, August 28, 2020. The Goethe Medal was first awarded by the Goethe Institute in 1954 and recognized by the Federal Republic of Germany as an official badge of honour in 1975. Over 354 personalities from 67 countries have been conferred the honour, including Sofia Gubaidulina, Yoko Tawada, Ágnes Heller, Irena...

August 26: In discussion with Susan Abulhawa

Author Susan Abulhawa will participate in a live virtual discussion of her book “Against the Loveless World” with me at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26. To register to be in the audience, go to lewes.lib.de.us. “Against the Loveless World” will be for sale at Browseabout Books and available to borrow through the Delaware Library system.