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Thando Mgqolozana is a South African novelist and screenwriter. Born in Cape Town in 1983, he was raised in the township of Gugulethu and Engojini village in the former ‘bantustan’ of Ciskei. He attended the University of the Western Cape, where he served as a Deputy President of the Student Representative Council, was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, and the Golden Key International Honour for scholastic achievement. He has also been selected as one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. His books include the courageous and controversial novels A Man Who Is Not a Man (which deals with the taboo topic of male circumcision rituals) and Hear Me Alone, described by Nadine Gordimer as “a daring, highly original alternative to the fable of virgin birth”. A Man Who Is Not a Man was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was adapted for screen into Ibhokhwe (The Goat), which won the Best Short Film and Best Director of a Short Film awards at the Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival in 2014. Mgqolozana is also the co-author of The Wound, the forthcoming feature film. His most recent novel, Unimportance, an account of one night in the life of a student, is a complex political allegory and was published in 2014 to critical acclaim. Mgqolozana currently works in the Research Office of the University of Cape Town.
A Man Who is Not a Man, 2009, UKZN Press
Hear Me Alone, 2011, Jacana Media
Unimportance, 2014, Jacana Media