Our authors and creatives

Historically, New Africa Books and David Philip's authors have included two Nobel Laureates, Nadine Gordimer and Wole Soyinka, alongside many other literary luminaries, such as Guy Butler, Ivan Vladislavic, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, and Mongane Wally Serote.

Our new wave of authors and illustrators show off the diversity and vibrancy of modern South African writing, illustration and storytelling. Meet some of them below.

  • Nicolaas Maritz

    Author, illustrator, internationally-renowned fine artist, musician, and creative maverick.

    Books by Nicolaas Maritz

  • Thembinkosi Kohli

    Artist, painter, writer of children’s books, Ruth Prowse graduate.

    Books by Thembinkosi Kohli

  • Sindiwe Magona

    Writer, motivational speaker, feminist, maverick, actor, storyteller, and award winner.

    Books by Sindiwe Magona

  • Loyiso Mkize

    Visual artist, fine artist, graphic designer, storyteller, and cultural activist.

    Books by Loyiso Mkize

  • Lebohang Masango

    Author, academic, anthropologist, poet, literacy advocate, Zanele Mbeki fellow, World Read Aloud Day Ambassador, Volunteers Advocate for Unicef South Africa, and feminist activist.

    Books by Lebohang Masango

  • Paddy Bouma

    Lithographer, printmaker, illustrator, fine artist, writer of alternative comics, and mentor of budding artists.

    Books by Paddy Bouma

  • Richard Rive

    Winner of scholarships at post-graduate and post-doctoral levels; visiting professor, excellent sportsman, influential thinker; fervent supporter of development in South Africa.

    Richard Rive was murdered in 1989.

    Books by Richard Rive

  • Mohale Mashigo

    Novelist, storyteller, writer, singer-songwriter, scriptwriter, award winner.

    Books by Mohale Mashigo

  • Masabata Mokgesi
    Multilingual African languages enthusiast, poet, avid reader. A professional language practitioner, Masabata specialises in Sesotho/English translation, interpreting and voice-overs.

    Books by Masabata Mokgesi

  • Gcina Mhlophe

    Author, poet, playwright, director, performer and internationally-renowned storyteller, activist, feminist.

    Books by Gcina Mhlophe

  • Elinor Sisulu

    Writer, political analyst, human rights activist, ardent promoter of children’s literature by South African writers.

    Books by Elinor Sisulu

  • Dale Blankenaar

    Picture book illustrator, designer, art director, award winner.

    Books by Dale Blankenaar

  • Clyde Beech

    Comic book artist, illustrator, visual storyteller, digital painter.

    Books by Clyde Beech

  • Buhle Ngaba

    Actor, author, playwright, Kanna Theatre Award winner, feminist, and storyteller.

    Books by Buhle Ngaba

  • Nomvula Masimula

    Translator, Editor, Educator, Storyteller, Feminist, Publishing graduate

    Books by Nomvula Masimula

  • Ben Turok

    Intellectual, activist, ex-Minister of Parliament, ex-co-chairman of the parliamentary joint committee on ethics.

    Books by Ben Turok

  • Alan Durant

    Children’s author, poet, creative writing tutor, award winner.

    Books by Alan Durant

  • Sanelisiwe Singaphi


    Books by Sanelisiwe Singaphi