Sindiwe Magona

AboutSindiwe Magona

Sindiwe Magona a graduate of Columbia University, is an author, poet, playwright, storyteller, actor, and inspirational speaker. Magona retired from the United Nations, where she worked in the Anti-Apartheid Radio Programmes till June 1994 and UN Film Archives till her retirement. After twenty-five years in New York, she relocated to her home country, South Africa. Magona is currently Writer-in-Residence at the University of the Western Cape. She is also a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the same university. Her writings include To My Children’s Children and Forced to Grow (autobiography); Living, Loving, and Lying Awake at Night and Push-Push and Other Stories (short stories). Her novels are Mother to Mother, Beauty’s Gift, Life is a Hard but Beautiful Thing (YA) and Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle! Please, take photographs! a book of poetry, Modjaji Books (2009), and Awam Ngqo, a book of short stories published by NASOU (2009) and prescribed for Grade 8, 2011. She has also authored Twelve Books of Folktales – written in both English and Xhosa; translated into isiZulu; Setswana, Afrikaans; Sesotho; Sepedi; “Manyano School” – English and Xhosa – a community book around the issue of school, community and education – August 2014 – David Philip; “Skin  Jablonksy and American illustrator, Lynn Feldman – a book about skin colour and race – translated into isiXhosa; Albertina Sisulu – Abridged version, English and Xhosa – August 2018; Theatre Road – biography of Thembi Mtshali-Jones. Magona has written over a 120 children’s books, including: The Best Meal Ever and Skin we are in and folktales Coming Soon: When the Village Sleeps – novel – May 2021 – PanMacmillan. Herbvawards include include Honorary Doctorates from Hartwick College, USA; Rhodes University; and Nelson Mandela University; and the Order of iKhamanga. Magona is a Homophile and holds All Life Sacred, especially the Environment/ our Mother Earth.