Troy Blacklaws





Troy Blacklaws

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I was born in 1965 in Natal, South Africa. I was uprooted at 9 when my father landed a job on a wine farm in the Cape. At 14 I discovered South Africa was a world pariah and that black men were shot in their struggle for freedom. Baited as a kaffirboetie (a niggerlover), I became an outsider at Paarl Boys' High. I studied English and History at Rhodes University and then spent two bitter years as a conscript in the army. I would not carry a gun. Nelson Mandela was in jail during all this time.

I have taught English in England (at Stowe and Sherborne), Germany, Austria and Singapore.

My writings so far draw on memories of my boyhood in apartheid South Africa.


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