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 MaritzNicolaas Maritz
Author, illustrator, internationally-renowned fine artist, musician, and creative maverick.
Books by Nicolaas Maritz
Thembinkosi KohliThembinkosi Kohli
Artist, painter, writer of children’s books, Ruth Prowse graduate.
Books by Thembinkosi Kohli
Sindiwe MagonaSindiwe Magona
Writer, motivational speaker, feminist, maverick, actor, storyteller, and award winner.
Books by Sindiwe Magona
Loyiso MkizeLoyiso Mkize
Visual artist, fine artist, graphic designer, storyteller, and cultural activist.
Books by Loyiso Mkize
Lebohang MasangoLebohang 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 BoumaPaddy Bouma
Lithographer, printmaker, illustrator, fine artist, writer of alternative comics, and mentor of budding artists.
Books by Paddy Bouma
Richard RiveRichard 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 MashigoMohale Mashigo
Novelist, storyteller, writer, singer-songwriter, scriptwriter, award winner.
Books by Mohale Mashigo
Masabata MokgesiMasabata MokgesiMultilingual 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 MhlopheGcina Mhlophe
Author, poet, playwright, director, performer and internationally-renowned storyteller, activist, feminist.
Books by Gcina Mhlophe
Elinor SisuluElinor Sisulu
Writer, political analyst, human rights activist, ardent promoter of children’s literature by South African writers.
Books by Elinor Sisulu
Dale BlankenaarDale Blankenaar
Picture book illustrator, designer, art director, award winner.
Books by Dale Blankenaar
Clyde BeechClyde Beech
Comic book artist, illustrator, visual storyteller, digital painter.
Books by Clyde Beech
Buhle NgabaBuhle Ngaba
Actor, author, playwright, Kanna Theatre Award winner, feminist, and storyteller.
Books by Buhle Ngaba
Nomvula MasimulaNomvula Masimula
Translator, Editor, Educator, Storyteller, Feminist, Publishing graduate
Books by Nomvula Masimula
Ben TurokBen Turok
Intellectual, activist, ex-Minister of Parliament, ex-co-chairman of the parliamentary joint committee on ethics.
Books by Ben Turok
Alan DurantAlan Durant
Children’s author, poet, creative writing tutor, award winner.
Books by Alan Durant
Donvé LeeDonvé Lee
Author, Illustrator and Artist
Books by Donvé Lee
Sanelisiwe SingaphiSanelisiwe Singaphi
Books by Sanelisiwe Singaphi
Amonge Elethu SinxotoAmonge Elethu SinxotoAuthor, social entrepreneur, female activist and public speaker
Books by Amonge Elethu Sinxoto
Russel KaschulaRussel KaschulaProfessor in the Department of African Language Studies at the University of the Western Cape where he is the Postgraduate Coordinator. He also holds the newly established Chair in Forensic Linguistics and Multilingualism.
Books by Russel Kaschula
Carole BlochCarole BlochEarly childhood educator, multilingual early literacy specialist, facilitator and advocate for multilingual children's literature.
Books by Carole Bloch
Xolisa GuzulaXolisa GuzulaLecturer in Applied Language and Literacy Studies, co-founder of various multiliteracy reading clubs including Vulindlela Reading Clubs to Nal’ibali Reading Clubs and the Stars of Today Literacy Club.
Books by Xolisa Guzula
Karen JeynesKaren JeynesAuthor, playwright, screenwriter
Books by Karen Jeynes
Michelle SchwartzMichelle SchwartzChildren's book author
Books by Michelle Schwartz
Nokuthula Mazibuko MsimangNokuthula Mazibuko Msimang
Dr NM Msimang is a writer, academic, producer and broadcaster who holds degrees from the University of Cape Town (UCT), the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and has a PhD in African Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). DR NM Msimang is also the Director of Special Projects and Fundraising for PUKU.
Books by Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang
Catherine StockCatherine StockAuthor and children's book illustrator
Books by Catherine Stock
Hlongwani HlongwaniHlongwani HlongwaniXitsonga translator
Books by Hlongwani Hlongwani
Lynn FellmanLynn Fellman
Books by Lynn Fellman
Marguerite PolandMarguerite PolandAuthor
Books by Marguerite Poland
Miriam TlaliMiriam TlaliMiriam Tlali was a South African novelist. She was the first black woman in South Africa to publish an English-language novel, Between Two Worlds, in 1975. She was also one of the first to write about Soweto. Most of her writing was originally banned by the South African apartheid regime.
Books by Miriam Tlali
Mongane Wally SeroteMongane Wally SeroteMongane Wally Serote is a South African poet and writer. He became involved in political resistance to the apartheid government by joining the African National Congress
Books by Mongane Wally Serote
Nina G JablonskiNina G Jablonski
Nina G. Jablonski is an American anthropologist and palaeobiologist, known for her research into the evolution of skin color in humans. She is engaged in public education about human evolution, human diversity, and racism.
Books by Nina G Jablonski
Samantha van RietSamantha van RietChildren's book illustrator
Books by Samantha van Riet
Wendy WatsonWendy WatsonAuthor
Books by Wendy Watson
Robin MalanRobin MalanRobin Malan is an editor of South African textbook anthologies and a well-renowned author.
Books by Robin Malan
Reviva SchermbruckerReviva SchermbruckerChildren's book author
Books by Reviva Schermbrucker
Lawrence SchimelLawrence Schimel
Lawrence Schimel is a bilingual writer, translator and anthologist. His work, which frequently deals with LGBTQ themes as well as matters of Jewish identity, often falls into the genres of science fiction and fantasy and takes the form of both poetry and prose.
Books by Lawrence Schimel
Elina BraslinaElina BraslinaElīna Brasliņa (1988) is an illustrator from Latvia. She has illustrated around thirty titles, most of them children's books and young adult novels by Latvian authors. Elīna made her international debut by illustrating Kate Wakeling's collection of poems, “Moon Juice”, published by “The Emma Press” (UK).
Books by Elina Braslina
Mpho MasipaMpho MasipaDr. Mpho Masipa is a translator, editor and voice over artist.
Books by Mpho Masipa
Tanja MalherbeTanja MalherbeEx-journalist, -editor and - educator. Currently freelance translator and proofreader for childrens books.Avid reader and word-lover, believing in the importance of exposing children at a young age to the wonder of words, books and early education.My philosopy: "Words become ideas that can change the world."
Books by Tanja Malherbe
Livhuwani MadibaLivhuwani MadibaTshivenḓa translator and editor
Books by Livhuwani Madiba
Keagana MoloabiKeagana MoloabiSetswana translator and editor
Books by Keagana Moloabi
Busisiwe PakadeBusisiwe PakadeisiZulu translator
Books by Busisiwe Pakade