khulekani-magubaneKHULEKANI MAGUBANE was born in the small town of Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal and is currently based in Johannesburg. 

Since 2004, Magubane has written more than 16 books, ranging from short stories to juvenile novels, poetry and anthologies. His first book was published in 2004 by Felicity Keats’ nonprofit publishing organisation, umSinsi Press. 

The Dancing Pencils Writing Club is an initiative of umSinsi Press, aimed at promoting right-brain creative writing among school children. Dozens of clubs around the country give South Africans, young and old, from all walks of life, the opportunity to learn creative writing and to have their written work published. 

Magubane’s short novel Racers Rats was launched in 2012 at the Cape Town book festival. This book tells the story of a rat from a conservative township family who is quickly exposed to different conditions under which rats in the city live. During his adventures, this young rat begins to question his own upbringing and the values that he was taught, but in the end, Rapula the rat learns that even though the rats he encounters are different, in some ways they are the same. 

Inspired by such writers as Zakes Mda, Gcina Mhlophe, Lauren Beukes, Shubnum Khan, James Patterson, Stephen King and Steven Herrick, Magubane hopes to write literature that will challenge South African society to reflect on its many challenges. 

Magubane’s aim is to continue writing for as long as he can and provide young South Africans with the same opportunity he had to write and publish their written work. 

 

Bibliography

Angel’s Salvation, umSinsi Press, 2007

Angel’s Redemption, umSinsi Press, 2006

Angel’s Anointing, umSinsi Press, 2005

Neville's Nose Knows, umSinsi Press, 2005