I was born in Stutterheim, grew up at eMgwalana Emaphandleni. I grew up bilingual isiXhosa-English. I wrote my first poem when I was 12, studied at Queen's College, matriculated when I was 17 and then studied at Rhodes University where I obtained an LLB and a PhD in African literature. Since then I have worked at 5 universities, 4 in South Africa and one in America. I am presently an NRF Chair Holder in the Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education at Rhodes.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in rural Eastern Cape has been central to my youth fiction as well as my short stories more generally.
A collection of poetry by R.H. Kaschula, M.C. Matyumza, B. Sitole. Return to the fold!! is a unique collection of orally composed isiXhosa praise poetry (izibongo) by the acclaimed imbongi Bongani Sitole. This outstanding collection, which includes a praise poem for Rholihlahla, provides a fascinating commentary on modern South African society.