Sindiwe Magona

b. 1943


I will learn the meaning of hours / For time is short – Sindiwe Magona


About Sindiwe Magona

A native of the Transkei, she grew up in a township near Cape Town, where she worked as a domestic and completed her secondary education by correspondence. Magona later graduated from the University of South Africa and earned a graduate degree from Columbia University. She retired from the United Nations in 2003 and currently lives in South Africa.

She published her autobiography To My Children’s Children in 1990. In 1998, she published Mother to Mother, a fictionalized account of the Amy Biehl killing, which she adapted to a play. This was performed at the Baxter Theatre complex in late 2009 and the film rights to the novel were acquired by Type A Films in 2003. She has also written autobiographies and short story collections. Her novel Beauty’s Gift was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book, Africa Region. In 2009, Please, Take Photographs, her first collection of poems, was published.

We're glad to offer you this brief taste of Sindiwe Magona's work, with thanks to our friends at the Badilisha Poetry X-Change.

Beauty's Gift, Kwela, 2008

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Mother to Mother, Beacon Press, 2000

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To My Children's Children, David Philip Publishers,...

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Please, Take Photographs, Modjaji Books, 2009

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Prizes

2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize: Best Book, Africa Region (Shortlist) for Beauty's Gift (Kwela Books)