Festival Writers


The 2022 Doek Literary Festival brought together writers from Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom in Windhoek for three days of sharing knowledge about storytelling and literary production.

Zukiswa Wanner is an award-winning writer, editor, and publisher born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe, and currently based in Kenya. A passionate Pan-African literary activist, she considers the whole of the continent to be her home.

Her debut novel, The Madams (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 K. Sello Duiker Award in 2007. Her third novel Men of the South (2010) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book 2011 and the Herman Charles Bosman Award. In 2014 she was named on the Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature. She won the K. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award in 2015 for London Cape Town Joburg (2014). She was a Danish International Visiting Artist (DIVA) hosted by World Wide Words in 2016. In 2018 she was a fellow at the University of Johannesburg’s Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies.

Zukiswa is also the founder and curator of Artistic Encounters, a gathering of multidisciplinary artists through literature; Afrolit Sans Frontieres, a virtual literary festival; and the Goethe-Institut’s Virtually Yours, a monthly online gathering that brings together prominent African writers and readers. In 2020 she was awarded the Goethe Medal for fostering international cultural relations, making her the first African woman to win the award.
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