Niq Mhlongo

AboutNiq Mhlongo

Niq Mhlongo is a Sowetan-born writer and a travel journalist who graduated from Wits University with a BA degree (African Literature and Political Studies) in 1997. He has written four novels – Dog Eat Dog (2004), After Tears (2007), Way Back Home (2013), Paradise in Gaza (2020) – and a collection of short stories, Affluenza (2016), and Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree (2018). In 2019 he edited a bestselling collection of essays called Black Tax, Burden or Ubuntu. He also edited a collection of stories about Johannesburg called Joburg Noir, published by Jacana Media in 2020. His novel Dog Eat Dog won the Spanish Literary Award called MAR DER LETRAS INTENECIONALE in 2006. His collection of short stories, Soweto Under The Apricot Tree won the HERMAN CHARLES BOSMAN LITERARY PRIZE FOR ENGLISH FICTION and the NADINE GORDIMER SHORT-STORY AWARD in 2019.

Niq was shortlisted for the K. SELLO DUIKER MEMORIAL AWARD (FOR YOUNG NOVELIST) in 2007, The SUNDAY TIMES FICTION AWARD in 2008, the MNET LITERARY AWARD in 2008, and the HERMAN CHARLES BOSMAN LITERARY PRIZE in 2008. In 2009 he was nominated for the INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD for his novel After Tears. Niq has also written for comic magazines, television and various other media platforms with numerous magazine articles under his belt. His works have been translated into several languages, including Burmese, French, Dutch, Flemish, German, Spanish, and Italian. His books have been prescribed in several universities, including New York University, Massachusetts University, Southampton University, Bryn Mawr, and Vanderbilt University. Dog Eat Dog and After Tears were adapted into radio drama series by the BBC, Bush Radio, SAFM, and Swedish Radio. His short stories Nailed and Soweto Under the Apricot Tree have been adapted into theatre plays by the Market Theatre and The Bosman Literary Festival at the Groot Marico respectively.

Niq has been a writing fellow in different institutions around the world, including the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA, Sylt Foundation, Germany, Akademie der Kunste der Welt Cologne, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Mellon Foundation Artist in Residency University of KwaZulu-Natal, Mellon Foundation Artist in Residency University of Pretoria, Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS). He is a 2020 recipient of the DAAD Artist-in Residency, Berlin. He has facilitated creative writing workshops in countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. He was one of Denaane judges in 2017 and co-curated The Time of the Writer literary festival in 2019. He lives in Johannesburg. He was the City Editor of the online magazine called Johannesburg Review of Books (JRB) and freelances for few South African Inflight Magazines. For six years he worked at the Films and Publications Board as both a classifier and Chief Classifier. He taught scriptwriting for radio and television at NEMISA (National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa) for six years.