Sindiwe Magona

Writer-in-Residence, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Sindiwe Magona

Sindiwe Magona grew up in a township near Cape Town, South Africa.  She earned her high school and undergraduate education by correspondence, and later won a scholarship to Columbia University in New York to study for a Master of Science degree in Organizational Social Work.

She is a South African writer whose literary career and work have been informed by her experiences of poverty, being a woman and a domestic worker, and her resistance to subjugation.  She has produced nine books, including an autobiography, a short story collection, novellas, a poetry anthology, and over 100 children’s books. 

She worked for the U.N. in various capacities for twenty years until her retirement in 2003, and was a founding member of the Women’s Peace Movement in South Africa in 1976.  An award-winning author, storyteller, motivational speaker, she is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of the Western Cape.  Her website provides a more extended biography and introduction to her writings:

She gave a TEDx talk, Poverty is Not Invincible, in South Africa which can be viewed here:

She maintains a busy schedule of lecturing and events, and is currently a Writer-in-Residence at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.