Writer in Residence


Kagiso Lesego Molope

Following on from last year’s highly inaugural residency with Barbara Jenkins from Trinidad, we’re thrilled to once again be working with the British Council to welcome an International Writer in Residence to the festival. We are delighted to welcome Kagiso Lesego Molope as our 2016 International Writer in Residence.

kagisoBorn and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Kagiso Lesego Molope moved to Canada in 1997 to study. She has written three novels for young adults, published by OUP SA: Dancing in the Dust, The Mending Season, which is now included on the national school curriculum in South Africa, and This Book Betrays My Brother, which won the 2014 Percy Fitzpatrick Prize, awarded by the English Academy of Southern Africa. Kagiso will be attending all events at Small Wonder, meeting with our authors and responding creatively to the festival. On learning she had been awarded the residency, Kagiso said: “The most exciting part of this residency is spending time with other writers. Writing can be a very isolating profession, so I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to get out and connect with authors and improve my short story writing skills. I’ve written novels but I’ve been more intimidated by my short stories, so this is a chance for me to take them out and work on them in a supportive environment.”

Read  Dust-and-No-Dahlias – based on Kagiso’s experience at Small Wonder

Read a Q&A-with-Kagiso-Lesego-Molope

Read Kagiso’s blog



british-councilThis opportunity has been made possible through a partnership between Small Wonder and the British Council.


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