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.
Alan DurantAlan Durant
Children’s author, poet, creative writing tutor, award winner.
Books by Alan Durant
Amonge Elethu SinxotoAmonge Elethu SinxotoAuthor, social entrepreneur, female activist and public speaker
Books by Amonge Elethu Sinxoto
Ben TurokBen Turok
Intellectual, activist, ex-Minister of Parliament, ex-co-chairman of the parliamentary joint committee on ethics.
Books by Ben Turok
Buhle NgabaBuhle Ngaba
Actor, author, playwright, Kanna Theatre Award winner, feminist, and storyteller.
Books by Buhle Ngaba
Busisiwe PakadeBusisiwe PakadeisiZulu translator
Books by Busisiwe Pakade
Carole BlochCarole BlochEarly childhood educator, multilingual early literacy specialist, facilitator and advocate for multilingual children's literature.
Books by Carole Bloch
Catherine StockCatherine StockAuthor and children's book illustrator
Books by Catherine Stock
Clyde BeechClyde Beech
Comic book artist, illustrator, visual storyteller, digital painter.
Books by Clyde Beech
Dale BlankenaarDale Blankenaar
Picture book illustrator, designer, art director, award winner.
Books by Dale Blankenaar
Donvé LeeDonvé LeeAuthor, Illustrator and Artist
Books by Donvé Lee
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
Elinor SisuluElinor Sisulu
Writer, political analyst, human rights activist, ardent promoter of children’s literature by South African writers.
Books by Elinor Sisulu
Gcina MhlopheGcina Mhlophe
Author, poet, playwright, director, performer and internationally-renowned storyteller, activist, feminist.
Books by Gcina Mhlophe
Hlongwani HlongwaniHlongwani HlongwaniXitsonga translator
Books by Hlongwani Hlongwani
Jabulane NcongwaneJabulane NcongwaneSiswati Translator
Books by Jabulane Ncongwane
Karen JeynesKaren JeynesAuthor, playwright, screenwriter
Books by Karen Jeynes
Keagana MoloabiKeagana MoloabiSetswana translator and editor
Books by Keagana Moloabi
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
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
Livhuwani MadibaLivhuwani MadibaTshivenḓa translator and editor
Books by Livhuwani Madiba
Loyiso MkizeLoyiso Mkize
Visual artist, fine artist, graphic designer, storyteller, and cultural activist.
Books by Loyiso Mkize
Lynn FellmanLynn Fellman
Books by Lynn Fellman
Marguerite PolandMarguerite PolandAuthor
Books by Marguerite Poland
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
Masego MorulaneMasego Morulane
Masego Morulane is a Graphic Designer/Illustrator and has contributed to Book Dash, a project that is aimed at encouraging the habit of reading in children by creating authentic African storybooks. In 2018 she illustrated the multi-award-winning children’s book, Mpumi’s Magic Beads.
Books by Masego Morulane
Michelle SchwartzMichelle SchwartzChildren's book author
Books by Michelle Schwartz
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
Mohale MashigoMohale Mashigo
Novelist, storyteller, writer, singer-songwriter, scriptwriter, award winner.
Books by Mohale Mashigo
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
Mpho MasipaMpho MasipaDr. Mpho Masipa is a translator, editor and voice over artist.
Books by Mpho Masipa
Nicolaas MaritzNicolaas Maritz
Author, illustrator, internationally-renowned fine artist, musician, and creative maverick.
Books by Nicolaas Maritz
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
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
Nomvula MasimulaNomvula Masimula
Translator, Editor, Educator, Storyteller, Feminist, Publishing graduate
Books by Nomvula Masimula
Paddy BoumaPaddy Bouma
Lithographer, printmaker, illustrator, fine artist, writer of alternative comics, and mentor of budding artists.
Books by Paddy Bouma
Reviva SchermbruckerReviva SchermbruckerChildren's book author
Books by Reviva Schermbrucker
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
Robin MalanRobin MalanRobin Malan is an editor of South African textbook anthologies and a well-renowned author.
Books by Robin Malan
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
Samantha van RietSamantha van RietChildren's book illustrator
Books by Samantha van Riet
Sanelisiwe SingaphiSanelisiwe SingaphiIllustrator
Books by Sanelisiwe Singaphi
Sewela LangeniSewela Langeni
Sewela Langeni is the owner of Book Circle Capital, an independent bookshop focusing on African literature based at 27 Boxes in Melville, Johannesburg. She is passionate about literacy, especially for children. Her academic background spans from Journalism and Communication Sciences to Marketing. She holds a master’s degree in strategic marketing and consulting (Cum Laude) from the University of Birmingham, UK. She’s an avid reader and reviewer of local books for adults and kids. In her role at Book Circle Capital, she also facilitates conversations with authors on their books. Founded by Loyiso Langeni, the bookshop idea was born out of a need to create a space where African stories can be curated and celebrated. Sewela has created extensive networks in the South African literacy and book publishing space. Book Circle Capital has been profiled in various South African media platforms including Mail & Guardian, The Star, SAFM, KayaFM, Channel Africa, SABC and eNews.
Books by Sewela Langeni
Sindiwe MagonaSindiwe Magona
Writer, motivational speaker, feminist, maverick, actor, storyteller, and award winner.
Books by Sindiwe Magona
Subi BosaSubi Bosa
After studying Architecture Subi Bosa realised his passion was in illustration. He became a freelancer, working with self-publishing authors worldwide and was awarded a Mo Siewcharran Publisher’s Prize for Illustration in 2020. In 2022 The Girl With 21 Questions a picture book illustrated by Subi and published by Pan MacMillan, won the gold Pendoring award for best-designed picture book. His wordless comic Miyayu had its first issue released in 2021, published by Imagnary House, and the book’s fame sparked the Kingsmead Book Fair to invite Subi to host a comic-making workshop, which was a great success. Subi is based in Cape Town, South Africa, producing picture books, comics, graphic novels and a podcast for creatives titled ‘Subi and Kate Circling Back’. His art and illustration work is represented internationally by The Bright Agency.
Books by Subi Bosa
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