SA Female Authors You Should Know


Although some of us might be avid readers, you’d be surprised how many local female authors go unknown in everyday life. Here, we have compiled a list of our top SA female authors you should know. Remember these names as they have written some amazing works of literature. 

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Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes is an award winning writer who has had her novels internationally recognised and translated into 26 different languages. Known for her novels such as The Shining Girls, Zoo City, Broken Monsters, among many others; she’s definitely one of South Africa’s highly acclaimed writers you ought to know!

Kagiso Msimango

Kagiso Msimango is an author and life couch best known for her book The Goddess Mojo Bootcamp. She is passionate about women’s personal development and has taken a keen interest in inspiring, liberating, supporting, and cheer-leading other women in pursuing their truest passions and desires.

Panashe Chigumadzi

Panache Chigumadzi is best known for her debut novel titled Sweet Medicine. The book tackles various issues ranging from tradition versus modernity, patriarchy versus feminism, poverty and desperation versus wealth and abundance, among other themes. She is also the founder of Vanguard Magazine and a founding member of The Feminist Stokvel – so many reasons to get to know her.

Lebogang Mashile

Best known for being a performance poet, writer and actor Lebogang Mashile has released two poetry books, Flying Above The Sky and In a Ribbon of Rhythm, which she won the Noma Award for in 2006. She was also part of the Hotel Rwanda cast and has made a few waves in the media industry.

Gcina Mhlope

Gcina Mhlope has written many children’s books as well as adult audience poetry, short stories and plays. Best known for being a writer and stage performer, she has written songs for the SABC and performed her own stories for a television audience. She is also a motivational speaker, MC and keynote speaker.

Miriam Tlali

Known for being the first author to write about Soweto and being the first black female writer to publish a novel, Muriel at Metropolitan, in 1979, Miriam Tlali is definitely an acclaimed must-know South African author. She has written several novels since including Between two worlds, Mihloti, Soweto Stories and more.

Sindiwe Magona

Sindiwe Magona is an author, teacher, translator and motivational speaker. She has written and published several books including To My Children’s Children, Forced to Grow, Beauty’s Gift, The Woman on the Moon, amongst many others. Please, Take Photographs was her first collection of poems published in 2009.

Ingrid de Kok

Ingrid de Kok born Ingrid Fiske is an author and poet best known for her books, Terrestrial things, Seasonal fires, Other Signs and Familiar Gound, among others. The writer also has a collection of poems published on her website that cover various genres and themes. Her books are available to order online, from local and international outlets.

Zoë Wicomb

Zoë Wicomb is a South African-Scottish author best known for her book Playing in the Light, published in 2006. Other books she is known for include, You Can’t Get Lost In Cape Town, David’s Story, Art Work, amongst many others. Her books cover a range of themes and genres relatable to the South African and general human context.

Beverly Naidoo

Although she’s based in the UK, Beverly Naidoo is a South African children’s book author. Some of her books include, Journey to Joburg, No Turning Back, Web of Lies and more. She also writes short stories and often collaborates with her illustrators to write picture books or plays. Beverly has also won a few awards from her books, making her a yet another must-know SA female author.

By Cleopatra Shava

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  1. Pam Heller-Stern is a writer of poetry, poetic drama and political satire. she is alos the author of three novels: ‘The Pink Slippers,’ It’s a Red Moon and a Green Man’ and her most recent work, ‘Who’s Knocking at may Door.’ She lives and works in Johannesburg.

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