Five min­utes with Mo­hale Mashigo

The au­thor chats about her jour­ney to writ­ing and her new book

DRUM - - Chill Out - in­ter­rupt­ing my bor­ing life! It’s not lin­ear. I re­ally strug­gle to tell a story from be­gin­ning to end. Some­one once de­scribed it as “lyri­cal but ac­ces­si­ble”. I hope they will learn some­thing about the peo­ple so­ci­ety con­sid­ers “no­bod­ies”. Writ­ing is fun, e

She uses all medi­ums to tell a story – she’s a ra­dio moder­a­tor, a writer and a singer. Mo­hale Mashigo, who was born Kgo­motso Carol Mashigo in Soweto, has been writ­ing all her life. Her first book, The Yearn­ing, won the Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg Prize for de­but fic­tion and she’s re­cently re­leased a book of short sto­ries called In­trud­ers.

DRUM catches up with the Cape Town-based writer. When did you de­cide to make writ­ing a ca­reer? I never re­ally made the de­ci­sion. I still don’t think of writ­ing as a ca­reer. My first book was pub­lished and I car­ried on with my free­lance jobs. I think books keep How would you best de­scribe your style of sto­ry­telling? What do you hope read­ers will get out of your new book? What’s the one thing you wish you’d known about writ­ing be­fore you started?

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