is an author.
She attended the University of the Western Cape
The University of the Western Cape is a public university located in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It was established in 1960 by the South African government as a university for Coloured people only...
, and after graduating left South Africa for England in 1970, where she continued her studies at Reading University.
She lived in Nottingham
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and returned to South Africa in 1990, where she taught for three years in the department of English at the University of the Western Cape.
She gained attention in South Africa and internationally with her first work, a collection of short stories , You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town
(1987), which takes place during the apartheid era. Her second novel, David's Story
(2000), takes place in 1991 toward the close of the apartheid era and explores racial identity. Playing in the Light
, her third novel, released in 2006, covers similar terrain conceptually, though this time set in contemporary South Africa and centering around a white woman who learns that her parents actually belonged to the coloured
In the South African, Namibian, Zambian, Botswana and Zimbabwean context, the term Coloured refers to an heterogenous ethnic group who possess ancestry from Europe, various Khoisan and Bantu tribes of Southern Africa, West Africa, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaya, India, Mozambique,...
She published her second collection of short stories, The One That Got Away
. The stories, set mainly in Cape Town
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and Glasgow, explore a range of human relationships: marriage, friendships, family ties or relations with servants.
Zoë Wicomb resides in Glasgow where she teaches creative writing
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and post-colonial literature
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at the University of Strathclyde
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