13-14 September 2012, University of York
Born in Beeswater in Namaqualand in 1948, Zoë Wicomb was educated in Cape Town and has both studied and taught at the University of the Western Cape. A significant critic of South African culture and postcolonial literature, she has been based mostly in the UK since 1970, and is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and Visiting Professor Extraordinaire in the Department of English at the University of Stellenbosch. She is the author of four highly acclaimed works of fiction, You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town (1987), David’s Story (2001 – winner of the M‐Net Literary Award), Playing in the Light (2006 – shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize), and her most recent collection, The One That Got Away, which was launched in September 2008 at the first Wicomb Colloquium in London. Her latest short story, ‘In Search of Tommie’, was published in Wasafiri magazine and the anthology, Touch, in 2009.