I am Zimbabwean, but I moved to New Zealand in 2002, and then to Austin, Texas in 2010 (hooray, warm weather once more!). I live very happily here with my husband, three cats, a dog, and the occasional persistent group of ants in the pantry.
I have a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Book Publishing from Whitireia Arts College, Wellington. I’ve worked as a book buyer, a bookseller, an editor and a fairy (really). My MFA thesis at the University of Canterbury was a novel based on my experiences growing up in post-Independence Zimbabwe. That novel became, after many rewrites and revisions, The Cry of the Go Away Bird, published by Harvill Secker (an imprint of Random House UK) in 2011 and released as a Dutch edition by Orlando later in the year. My second novel, The White Shadow, was released in early 2012, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize. I am represented by the wonderful Vivien Green of Sheil Land Associates and spend most of my time writing, reading making things, drinking coffee and moving various animals off my work surfaces.
I am also the co-founder and co-owner of INF Press — creative writing seminars and literary press — with Jenna Opperman. Visit our site to learn more about us, our partnership and the seminars we’re teaching here in Austin, Texas.