Currently the Publisher at Kwela Books, James Woodhouse started his publishing career at Picador in the UK and went on to work as a fiction editor in South Africa for the best part of a decade. His main area of focus during this time was on working with young South African authors and he was lucky enough to edit the likes of Niq Mhlongo, Kgebetli Moele and Zukiswa Wanner. In 2009 he joined Penguin South Africa as their in-house fiction editor. While at Penguin South Africa, he published the likes of Ben Okri, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Paige Nick and Sarah Lotz. More recently – as Publisher at Kwela Books – he has published Zakes Mda, Wilbur Smith and Casey B Dolan. James was one of the founding members of the Franschhoek Literary Festival and continues to be intimately involved in shaping the literary scene in South Africa.