Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu

Dr. Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu is the author of a trio of novels, the bestselling The Theory of Flight, winner of the 2019 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and currently a school set work in South Africa, its follow-up, The History of Man, and The Quality of Mercy. Her new novel, The Creation of Half-broken People is due in 2024.


Her work is published in South Africa and the United States, and can also be read in Arabic and Italian translation. A winner of Yale University’s 2022 Windham Campbell Prize, she is a writer, filmmaker and academic who holds a PhD from Stanford University as well as master’s degrees in African Studies and Film from Ohio University. She has published research on Saartjie Baartman and she wrote, directed and edited the award-winning short film GRAFFITI. She was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.