In 2006, The New York Times regarded Niq Mhlongo as ‘one of the most high-spirited and irreverent new voices of South Africa’s post-apartheid literary scene’. He was born in Soweto, South Africa on June 10, 1973. He holds a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg. He is the author of three novels, (Dog Eat Dog, Kwela 2004, After Tears, Kwela 2007, and Way Back Home, Kwela 2013) as well as short stories collection (Affluenza, 2016). His first novel, Dog Eat Dog won the Spanish award called Mar de Letras Intenecionale Prize in 2006. It was translated into both Spanish and Italian. In 2007, Niq was shortlisted for the K. Sello Duiker Memorial Award. His second novel After Tears was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award in 2008, The MNET Literary Award (2008), The Herman Charles Bosman Literary Prize (2008). After Tears was also nominated for the International Impact Dublin Literary Award in 2009 and translated into French. His third novel Way Back Home was long-listed in the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2014. Way Back is translated into German. In July 2014 his short story Golihood Drama was selected into the final list of short stories for the project Twenty in 20, Twenty Years of Freedom. This is the initiative by the Department of Arts and Culture, Short Story Day Africa, and Books Live to identify the best South African short fiction published in English during the past two decades of democracy. Niq’s short stories also appear in several languages including French, German, Dutch and Flemish. His novel DOG EAT DOG was adapted into radio drama series by both the BBC AND BUSH RADIO. AFTER TEARS was also adapted into radio drama by BUSH RADIO, SAFM, and THE SWEDISH RADIO. Niq has been featured in many International literary conferences, fellowships and residencies around the world, including the IWP in IOWA (USA) where he is an Honorary Fellow in Writing. Both his novels Dog Eat Dog and After Tears are also co-published in the USA by the Ohio University Press.
The Dark End of Our Street – Issue 2