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Love Child is a collection for the new millennium generation. It is valuable not just for the deeply-felt personal and political insights it has to offer, but for the accessible ease with which it manages to capture the seminal moments of black South African history in the preserving amber of the author's personal recollection.
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Gcina Mhlophe came to Pietermaritzburg in 2008 to speak to a group of school children, to which a friend invited me. She's a charismatic speaker, able to hold the attention of young and old for some time, her genuine smile seldom leaving her face. What I find interesting about her writing is that she writes the way she speaks. There are no pretentions, no intricate literary tricks: What you see is what you get (which should inspire any novice writers out there - if she can do that, why can't I?! ...more
Born in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal in 1960, Gcina Mhlope now lives in Johannesburg. Gcina Mhlope has been writing and performing on stage and screen for over 20 years. She has written many children's books as well as adult audience poetry, short stories and plays. She produced and performed on a CD for children with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. She has written music for the SABCTV series Gcina & F ...more